National Cyber Security Awareness Month
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Believe it or not, It was only 25 years ago when the World Wide Web was launched, but nowadays using the Web to search the Internet is an integral part of everyone’s daily lives. We use it at work, home, for enjoyment and entertainment, and to connect with others.

However, as more and more people become connected via the internet, the risk of theft, fraud, and abuse increases. No matter how private you make your social media accounts, or how secure you think your online banking may be, no one is immune to cyber risks. But, since our way of life has evolved to depend so heavily on the Internet, the best way to avoid cyber risks is to educate yourself in cybersecurity strategies.

Cybersecurity has become one of our country’s more important national security priorities, and in order to promote safe internet use, October has been declared National Cyber Security Awareness Month. October 2014 marks the 11th Annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center.

Through a series of initiatives and events being held throughout the country, the DHA hopes to raise awareness and educate Americans about cyber security and “increase the resiliency of the nation and its cyber infrastructure.”

To get involved in National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2014:

  • Find or register a local event on the official DHS NCSAM calendar.
  • Get information on how your government, law enforcement, business, school, or organization can take action during National Cyber Security Awareness Month.
  • Teach elementary, middle, and high school students about Internet safety and security.
  • Post cybersecurity tips, news, and resources highlighting NCSAM on social media sites during National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Year-Round Tips and Resources

Americans can follow simple steps to keep themselves, their assets, and their personal information safe online. Here are a few tips all Internet users can leverage to practice cybersecurity during National Cyber Security Awareness Month and throughout the year:

  • Set strong passwords and don’t share them with anyone.
  • Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized by installing updates.
  • Maintain an open dialogue with your family, friends, and community about Internet safety.
  • Limit the amount of personal information you post online and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely.
  • Be cautious about what you receive or read online—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is

Source: Department of Homeland Security

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