October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CISA) formally National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The goal is to educate stakeholders and make them aware of the continuous rise in cybersecurity attacks across the Nation and teach people how to protect themselves online.
For more information on cybersecurity refer to resource link: CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS MONTH RESOURCES
What is Cybersecurity?
The body of technologies, processes and practices designed to protect networks, computers, programs and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access. Cybersecurity is important because government, military, corporate, financial, and medical organizations collect, process, and store unprecedented amounts of data on computers and other devices. A significant portion of that data can be sensitive information, whether that be intellectual property, financial data, personal information, or other types of data for which unauthorized access or exposure could have negative consequences. Organizations transmit sensitive data across networks and to other devices in the course of doing businesses, and cyber security describes the discipline dedicated to protecting that information and the systems used to process or store it. (Groot, 2020).
What are some common Cybersecurity attacks to watch out for?
- Malware. The term “malware” encompasses various types of attacks including spyware, viruses, and worms
- Phishing. .
- Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) Attacks
- Denial-of-Service (DOS) Attack
- SQL Injections.
- Zero-day Exploit.
- Password Attack
- Cross-site Scripting
- Resource: Cybersecurity 101: Intro to the Top 10 Common Types of Cybersecurity Attacks
The Top 10 Personal Cyber Security Tips
Keep Your Software Up to Date.
Use Anti-Virus Protection & Firewall
Use Strong Passwords & Use a Password Management Tool
Use Two-Factor or Multi-Factor Authentication
Learn about Phishing Scams – be very suspicious of emails, phone calls, and flyers.
Protect Your Sensitive Personal Identifiable Information (PII)
Use Your Mobile Devices Securely
Backup Your Data Regularly
Don’t Use Public Wi-Fi
Review Your Online Accounts & Credit Reports Regularly for Changes
The Top 10 Personal Cyber Security Tips (n.d) Retrieved October 21, 2021, from https://cipher.com/blog/10-personal-cyber-security-tips-cyberaware/
Cybersecurity attacks to watch out for? (n.d) Retrieved October 21, 2021, from https://www.infocyte.com/blog/2019/05/01/cybersecurity-101-intro-to-the-top-10-common-types-of-cyber-security-attacks/