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Happy National Cyber Security Awareness Month!

Happy National Cyber Security Awareness Month!

 

We are 10th Anniversary Champions!

 

It’s October 1st and if you read our newsletter last week, you know that we are 10th Anniversary Champions for this years National Cyber Security Awareness Month (#NCSAM).

You may also remember that we were highly active on social media last year. This year is not any different! We’ll be tweeting, posting and blogging about cyber security all month.

Why is this month so important to me?  I’ve been teaching security for over 20 years and I see and hear the same responses from students over and over again. They don’t understand the basic fundamentals of security. Some of you may be shaking your head at that idea. We’re all so plugged in, tuned in, and digital in everything we do from computers through smart phones to tablets and yet there is still a major disconnect in terms of security.

Even the kids who grew up with a smart phone in their hand lack the basic skills to keep their information private and secure.

While some of the information I’ll share is common knowledge and things you may have seen before, I’m also stepping it up a notch this year and sharing some of my teachings in an effort to get educate and make you aware of what you can do to keep yourself secure and your data private.

That said, I also want to warn you that as you know, the U.S. government has shut down and this is prime material for malware creators. Be aware that they will use the news to create malware links in social media posts and emails. The link may point you to a website that infects your system with malware or attempt to get you to login with your credentials to one of your secure sites like Facebook, Twitter, or banks and financial institutions. They’ve become very adept at creating ‘look alike’ sites that have fooled even the most cautious person!

Remember, security is a process, not a destination. You have to always be vigilant and aware. It’s also not rocket science. You can be secure but first you must be aware!

 

 

Debbie