Has it been 10 years already?! Happy Anniversary – National Cyber Security Month!
Back in 2003, The Department of Homeland Security deemed October “National Cyber Security Month“. It is a perfect time for all of us to think about our on-line safety in this interconnected world we live in. This is an topic we all need to think about on a daily basis rather than one month a year. Whether you are banking with your smart phone, shopping with your tablet, emailing friends or casually cruising around the world wide web, we all need to STOP. THINK. CONNECT.
Even if you’re not directly connected to the Internet, it is critical to our infrastructure, for example, supporting and running our financial institutions, transporation systems, emergency response systems and even the gas pumps we use to fill up our tanks. No one is immune.
There are many things one can do to help protect themselves from becoming a victim of cybercrime. Make sure you have the most recent security software installed & automate your software updates, make your passwords LONG and STRONG, and delete suspicious emails or links, just to name a few. For individuals, there are also cyber “watch dog” services that can alert you of any suspicious activity and thwart cyber threats. For businesses, there is cyber liability insurance. This type of commerical insurance could make the difference between staying in business or shutting your doors.
Cyber Security is a shared responsibility and everyone has a role to play. Whether it be government, law enforcement, individuals or businesses, we all need to be engaged and raise awareness to protect ourselves against cyber incidents.