National Cyber Security Awareness Month: Stop. Think. Connect.

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Allen Lepke, Managed Services Product Manager

 

 

NCSAM is celebrated every October and was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safe and more secure online.

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Our Shared Responsibility

Today, we lead digitally interconnected lives. From our homes, workplace or on the go, we spend a lot of time working, learning and playing online. We rely on being connected to the Internet and trust that the critical infrastructure-the worldwide connection of computers, data and websites - will be there to support us in our everyday lives through social media connections, financial transactions, transportation systems, healthcare records, emergency response systems, personal communications and much more which impacts all of us.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity and increasing the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber-incident.

The definition of Cyber Security from Merriam-Webster states: it is measures taken to protect a computer or computer system (as on the Internet) against unauthorized access or attack.

The Internet is a shared resource and securing it is Our Shared Responsibility  which is the theme for National Cyber Security Awareness Month in 2015.

Cybersecurity begins with a simple message everyone using the Internet can adopt: STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Take security and safety precautions, understand the consequences of your actions and behaviors online and enjoy the benefits of the Internet.

Without a doubt, the Internet of Things makes our lives easier and has many benefits; but we can only reap these benefits if our Internet-enabled devices are secure and trusted. Here are some tips to increase the security of your Internet-enabled devices:

  1. Keep a clean machine. Like your smartphone or PC, keep any device that connects to the Internet free from viruses and malware. Update the software regularly on the device itself as well as the apps you use to control the device.
  2. Think twice about your device. Have a solid understanding of how a device works, the nature of its connection to the Internet, and the type of information it stores and transmits.
  3. Secure your network. Properly secure the wireless network you use to connect Internet enabled devices.

Get involved and learn more about Cyber Security. More information on National Cyber Security Awareness Month can be found at: www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect

Learn more about CHR's Managed IT Services by contacting Allen Lepke at allen.lepke@chrsolutions.com

 

Written by Allen Lepke at 00:00

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1 Comments :

This was a good starting point for people to read and understand that cyber security is important.
October 22, 2015 01:05

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