October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Did you know?

97% of people around the world cannot identify a sophisticated phishing email.  Cybersecurity is critical not only in business and government, but in our homes and in our daily lives. 

Launched by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in October 2004, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (MCSAM) is a broad effort to help all Americans stay safer and more secure online.  Recognized annually in October, NCSAM aims to help people take proactive steps to educate technology users and empower them with lasting, positive cybersecurity behavior change at home and at work.  

What can you do today to begin increasing your level of cybersecurity and decrease the threat of cybercrime?  The Better Business Bureau offers an online toolkit with valuable information and practical steps including regulating your online security settings and two-step verification processes to online posting tips and software updates.  Learn more at:

https://www.bbb.org/council/for-businesses/cybersecurity

Finally, if you are a victim, do not feel ashamed.  If you have lost money or have found your personal information to be compromised, contact local law enforcement.  Despite diligence in not sharing your personal information over the phone or via email, cybercriminals can gain information through any technology-assisted device (video games, refrigerators, televisions, doorbells, etc.)  If you are a victim, help prevent the crime from happening to others and report the crime to the authorities.

Lower your risk of being attacked through technology – take time today to follow simple yet critical steps to make your cybersecurity effective and your personal information away from scammers and cyber-criminals.