Oct. 1 begins National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CSAM). This is an initiative that was co-founded by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Now in its fourteenth year, this month of watchfulness stretches to countries around the world under the auspices of CSAM. As we move into the month, I want to remind the Warrior community that we are all responsible for our own cyber security. The core message of CSAM is that the, “internet is a shared resource and securing it is our shared global responsibility.”
In order to encourage everyone to take Cyber Security into their own hands, the NCSA has initiated an awareness and education campaign for online safety and protecting your personal information. It is called: STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ The great thing is that people are in no way being told that the internet is so dangerous that we shouldn’t use it. The campaign is just stating that we all need to stop to think about the consequences of our actions and then enjoy all the benefits the internet has to offer.
The National Cybersecurity Alliance has some pointers I’d like to offer you so that you can remain #cyberaware:
- Lock down your login: A password and a username is not really enough to protect your important accounts. Use stronger authentication tools (security keys, biometrics, etc.) whenever possible. Two-step authentication can be your best friend when you want to keep your info safe. (Find info about two-step authentication at Wayne State at kb.wayne.edu/160520.)
- Keep a clean machine: Make certain that all software and apps on your mobile devices and computers are up to date. This makes certain that security updates are working in your favor.
- When in doubt, throw it out: If you receive an email, tweet or posting that has a link and you do not recognize it, just delete it or mark it as junk.
- Back it up: Protect all your digital information by keeping copies in a safe place. You do not want to lose your valuable data if something should happen to one of your devices.
- Own your online presence: Make certain that you are comfortable with your privacy and security settings for websites. The site’s default may tell people more about you than you realize. Check your privacy settings.
- Share with care: Think before you post anything about yourself or other people online. What is revealed could affect you or your friends and family more than you initially think.
- Personal information is like money. Value it. Protect it: Your interests, location, purchase history, etc. is valuable to a lot of people. Be mindful of the apps and websites you are using and what they may be collecting about you.
The internet offers a plethora of information and entertainment. While you are online laughing at cat videos, make certain that you are watching out for your privacy and security. Be #cyberaware