Kicking Off National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Today’s modern world is more interconnected than ever before. Everything from online shopping to social networking to providing basic utilities requires the reliability and security of the Internet.

While increased interconnectivity has plenty of advantages, it has also increased the risk of theft, fraud, and abuse to individuals, businesses, communities, and governments.  That’s why cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, and each of us has a role to play. Emerging cyber threats require the engagement of our entire society including government and law enforcement, the private sector, and members of the public.



On Monday, President Obama issued a presidential proclamation announcing the eighth annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), which has been recognized by state and local governments, as well as industry and academia.  Every October, we take the opportunity to engage public and private sector stakeholders, as well as the general public, to promote a safe, secure, and resilient cyber environment. 

This month is also the first anniversary of the Department’s Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign, an ongoing national public awareness effort to engage and challenge Americans to join practice and promote safe online practices.

Individuals and business can follow a few simple steps to keep themselves, their identities, and information safe online:

  • 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 children about Internet safety.
  • Limit the amount of personal information you post online and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely.
  • Be skeptical about what you receive or read online.

Throughout the month of October and beyond, we invite you to join us in creating a safe, secure and resilient cyberspace.

Comments

I would like to mention one more thing about cyber security issues, my point definitely adding security towards cyber world, when you are required to leave your email address somewhere on internet - so try the following format and that format is not detectable by other programs that can be used to collect email address posted on web page.
the format is:
youremail[at]yourdomain.com
Our site is total free about cloud computing
Thanks,

Thanks for this stuff and thank you for your advice Jack.
Rebecca

Not yet

An increasing amount of legitimate employers, many whom are using third party human resource agencies via a link from the company's 'Careers' link are demanding private information. After replying to an initial job posting, these prosepctive employers (or their agencies) require (not request as an option) your social security number and other private information. Is this legal?

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