October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

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? 

 

 


The Top 10 Personal Cyber Security Tips

https://cipher.com/blog/10-personal-cyber-security-tips-cyberaware/

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

 

References: 

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/

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