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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October has been declared National Cyber Security Awareness Month by President Obama. National Cyber Security Awareness Month is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners to raise awareness about cyber security, through events and initiatives and increasing the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident.

What does that mean?  It means you should improve what you know about Cyber Security to protect yourself on a personal and professional level.  The more each individual learns about Cyber Security, the stronger we are as a nation in the event of a cyber event.

Each week of the month has a specific focus. 

Week 1: General Cybersecurity Awareness and marking the 5th Anniversary of the Stop.Think.Connect Campaign which aims to empower all Americans to be safer online.  Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, can and should improve their Cyber Security.

Week 2: Creating a Culture of Cybersecurity at Work

Employees and businesses face similar threats and the week’s focus in to provide resources for businesses and employees to maintain and create more secure online safety.

Week 3: Connected Communities: Staying Protected While Always Connected

We are so digitally connected many people don’t even see impact or importance of Cyber Security.  Learn to stay protected online, no matter if you are at home or on the go.

Week 4: Our Evolving Digital Lives

Stay Educated. It is a smart World, with smart phones, smart tablets, smart medical devices, smart monitoring devices and so many other devices. So much of what we touch and work with on a day to day basis is digitally connected. 

Week 5: Building the Next Generation of Cyber Professionals

What is the future of cybersecurity in the workplace? This week focuses on cybersecurity education and awareness at all levels of schooling, education and employment.

Check out http://www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month for more detailed information about Cyber Security Awareness Month and check out your local community offerings. 

 

Involve Yourself!

Hashtag: #CyberAware – use it in your social media messages

Twitter Series: Every Thursday in October at 3pm EST using #ChatSTC

Locally: Search local events for National Cyber Security Awareness Month events

Educate: Teach kids, teens, seniors, coworkers etc about Internet safety & security

Share: Post news, tips and event info about National Cyber Security Awareness month on all your social media sites.

Everyday Tips & Resources

Passwords: Make them strong, don’t share them with anyone and change them regularly

Hardware & Software: keep them updated, especially critical software. Stay on top of those updates!

Communicate: Talk with friends & family. Help everyone stay aware and up to date on Cyber Security

Personal Info: Don’t share to much online.  Use privacy settings.

Take Care: Be cautious and skeptical.  As the old saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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