Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2023

Don’t Fear Risk. Manage It.

Out with the old, in with the new

That “favorite time” of the year (move over, Christmas) for all those in the cybersecurity world! 2023 is the 20th anniversary of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) and the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA) partnering together since 2004. This year’s theme is all about taking a look at how far cybersecurity has come over the last 2 decades, and where it needs to go to secure our world, focusing on key messages for staying safe online and tone when talking about cybersecurity. to secure our world

Secure Our World

There are easy ways to ensure that you, your family, and your employees stay safe online, keeping everyone secure and protecting organizations. Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2023 and Secure Our World focus on using strong passwords and a password manager, turning on multifactor authentication, recognizing and reporting phishing, and updating software.

20 Years of Cybersecurity


Cybersecurity Awareness Month was launched by National Cybersecurity Alliance and U.S. Department of Homeland Security CISA


Analysts Mark Nicolett and Amrit Williams of Gartner coined the term Security Information & Event Management (SIEM)


Stuxnet malware helped hackers break into Iran’s uranium enrichment centrifuges


United States joined Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime


DoD classified networks penetrated by foreign spy


Google implemented zero trust architecture


US Cyber Command was created


SONY/Playstation network hack


Critical Start was founded by our CEO Rob Davis


Whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked confidential information from the NSA


NIST Cybersecurity Framework 1.0 was released


Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act was passed


Gartner coined the term Managed Detection & Response (MDR) in their first Market Guide


WannaCry ransomware attack


Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) was founded


Critical Start’s MOBILESOC®, the industry’s first and only MDR mobile app, received a major redesign


World-wide COVID19 pandemic changed the remote workforce


Log4Shell vulnerability was discovered on the log4j logging library


Strengthening American Cybersecurity Act


CS started the next evolution in MDR: Managed Cyber Risk Reduction

The Next Evolution of MDR: Managed Cyber Risk Reduction

Real time risk monitoring & response to threats, vulnerabilities, and risks.

Managed Cyber Risk Reduction (MCRR) goes beyond traditional MDR by expanding Detect and Respond services to include Identify, Protect, and Recover capabilities.

The Benefits of MCRR

Address Controls & Signals Coverage Gaps

MCRR uncovers gaps in EDR, SIEM, and XDR controls coverage, ensuring the security operations center (SOC) receives expected signals.

Risk-Informed Decision Making

MCRR helps you intelligently align risk acceptance with your organization’s risk appetite, enabling informed decision-making based on the security investments that have the largest reduction impact.

Benchmark Security Maturity

Know organizational security maturity in comparison to industry peer organizations, aligned to industry frameworks like National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF).

Identify Assets Requiring Protection

Understand what assets need protection to ensure the appropriate security measures can be implemented.

Measurable Program Improvements

Confidentially demonstrate measurable security improvements over time to see your advancements and the impact of organizational investments.

Expert Risk Mitigation & Guidance

With MCRR, you have an experienced risk and security operations team by your side and at your service to respond to threats, vulnerabilities, and risks.

Why Critical Start?

Cyber Operations Risk & Response platform

The Critical Start Risk and Security Operations Center (RSOC) provides 24x7x365 security monitoring, investigation, and response through our MDR services.

Risk & Security Operations Center

The Critical Start Risk and Security Operations Center (RSOC) provides 24x7x365 security monitoring, investigation, and response through our MDR services.

Cyber Threat Intelligence Team

The threat intel provided by the CTI team enriches our ability to quickly develop and deploy new detections to prevent breaches and reduce attacker dwell time and informs action across all levels of your business.


We go beyond ticketing, with consolidated visibility and full access to alerts, tickets, reports and investigation details.

Technical Integrations

We seamlessly integrate with a multitude of products, a list that continuously expands with the evolving tech landscape and your unique needs.

Cyber Incident Response Team

When you experience a breach, our Cyber Incident Response Team (CIRT) takes action immediately to minimize the impact on your business.

Check Out Our Resources

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    Critical Start surveyed security leaders at various organizations about their confidence in their security approach, the limitations of their current cybersecurity program, and their plans for implementing a more proactive risk reduction strategy. Download the complete findings in Critical Start’s new Cyber Risk Landscape Peer Report.  

  • Press Release

    CRITICALSTART® Transforms the Security Landscape with Managed Cyber Risk Reduction

    Critical Start announces the introduction of Managed Cyber Risk Reduction (MCRR). MCRR, the next evolution of MDR, provides a comprehensive managed solution to address risks, vulnerabilities, and threats. 


    How the Next Evolution of MDR – Managed Cyber Risk Reduction (MCRR) – Helps Organizations Achieve Measurable Risk Reduction 

    Dive deep into what MCRR is and how it helps security and risk leaders measurably improve security posture and achieve the greatest risk reduction for the dollars spent.

  • Datasheet

    CRITICALSTART® Managed Cyber Risk Reduction – The Next Evolution of MDR

    Discover the key benefits, use cases, solution features, and services of Critical Start’s Managed Cyber Risk Reduction. With MCRR, you can achieve the highest level of cyber risk reduction for every dollar invested with.

  • Research Report

    2023 Cyber Risk Confidence Index Report

    Critical Start published an essential guide to help enterprises scale up their cybersecurity program & more effectively reduce their risk.

  • Blog Post

    Navigating the Cyber Risk Conundrum: The Power of Managed Cyber Risk Reduction

    In today’s digital landscape, organizations face a daunting cyber risk conundrum that keeps security professionals busy. With increasing pressure from stakeholders, the need to effectively manage cyber risk has become paramount. 

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