October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and we’re campaigning to raise awareness to help all of our members make every day steps towards online safety. This month we will help to educate and provide tools and resources, along with the latest cybersecurity news and tips to help you and your family stay safe online. #Stop #Think #Connect
Week 3: Oct. 17-21 – Topic: Recognizing and Combating Cybercrime.
Cybercrime has become too common in our connected world. While online crime is often associated with hackers stealing personal information for monetary gain, crime on the Internet takes many forms. Cybercrime can include everything from organizational data breaches to consumer issues like identity theft, so-called “revenge porn,” cyber-stalking, harassment and bullying to child sexual exploitation and abuse to online radicalization, violence and recruitment to terrorist networks. Fighting cybercrime requires a high level of collaboration among law enforcement, government agencies, the private sector and the general public.
Week 2: October 10-14, 2016 –Topic: Cyber from the Break Room to the Board Room.
We are all part of protecting personal and organizational data in the workplace. There are many ways as an employer and employee to protect your company and self from cyber-attacks. One in particular is to be more proactive than reactive when it comes to your security.
PERSONALIZE THE MESSAGE FOR YOUR AUDIENCE
Focus on your organization’s role and how your employees use the internet. Make sure there is a policy in place to better secure information and to protect the organization from a data breach.
TAKE A PROACTIVE, NOT REACTIVE APPROACH
Make sure there is a plan in place to not only recover from a security breach but most importantly, to prevent one. Employees should understand the importance of internet safety. In other words, stay ahead of the game by consistently educating everyone on how to stay safe online.
DIVERSIFY YOUR COMMUNICATION CHANNELS
Be cautious of all communication channels. Criminals are constantly searching for ways to gather important information. Make sure to watch for spam emails, social media engagements, and relaying personal information to spoof callers.
Week 1: October 3-7, 2016 –Topic: Every Day Steps Towards Online Safety with Stop.Think.Connect.™
Cybersecurity is present in every aspect of our lives, whether it be at home, work, school, or on the go. Regardless of one’s technical ability or background, there are simple steps everyone can take to be more cyber secure in their digital lives. Week 1 kicks off NCSAM 2016 and reinforces basic tips for everyone to be safer online, including more secure accounts through stronger authentication and keeping security updates current.
Cybersecurity Starts with You. Whether you are an employer, a teacher, a government worker, or even a student, you have an impact on cybersecurity. By practicing strong and safe online habits, you can better protect your identity and the networks you use at home, at work and anywhere you log on.
- Others from accessing your accounts – set secure passwords.
- Sharing too much personal information.
- Before your click. Is this a trusted source?
- About what you’re doing. Would you do it or share it offline?
- Over secure networks. Wifi hotspots may not offer the same protections.
- Wisely. Trust your gut. If it doesn’t seem right, then close out or delete the email.
Stop.Think.Connect. is a national public awareness campaign conducted by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance. For more information, contact [email protected]