October: Cyber Security Month

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October presents National Cybersecurity Awareness Month as a way to raise awareness on the seriousness of cybersecurity and why it’s so important throughout these modern-day advances we’re experiencing.

For more than 20 years, computer hacking via the internet has been a prevalent threat to cybersecurity as IP-hijacking and theft continues to plague the internet to this day.

As technology is advancing so is the impact of cybercrime as it is becoming frequent and costlier.

What are the Risks?

Sophisticated cybercriminals pose a great risk to critical infrastructure by exploiting vulnerabilities in cyberspace.

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With connected devices growing at a fast rate from cars to household appliances, finances, healthcare, and more are increasingly managed by smart devices. The rapidly increasing number of connected devices that are being used on a daily basis has changed what it means to keep our digital lives and homes cyber secure. The amount of personal information we share online has increased exponentially with the rise of innovative technology.
At the moment, people now regularly share sensitive information online including their banking and financial information, health and fitness data and even their actual physical location, often without even realising it.

As technology is advancing so is the impact of cybercrime as it is becoming frequent and costlier.

By recognizing and combating cybercrime we have to understand basic crimes that previously occurred face to face, such as identity theft, credit card fraud, and harassment can all be conducted or facilitated through the internet. As cybercriminals efforts to target victims become more sophisticated, we must prioritize growing our capabilities to successfully combat them. Everyone must take measures to prevent cybercrime by taking steps to protect themselves online as well as their online devices and networks.

Helpful Pointers to Stay Safe

  • Never Click and Tell to ensure you stay safe on social media.
  • You can always update your privacy settings.
  • Keep an eye on your apps and standby best practices for your device applications.
  • Secure your password/passphrase – create a strong, unique passphrase/password. There are free password generators online that can help you do this.
  • Add login protection when the opportunity presents itself.
  • Always shop safely when online and insure the websites you’re surfing are legitimate.
  • Ignoring or playing hard to get with strangers/companies is a sure fire way on how to spot and avoid phish.
  • When and if you connect to the worldwide web be sure to always update to the latest security software, web browser and operating systems available. Be careful when signing up to free wi-fi!

Links to Help You Find Out More

National Cyber Security Alliance – https://staysafeonline.org/ncsam/get-involved/ – register, follow socials, download information, print resources and free cybersecurity awareness training offered.

European Cybersecurity Month – https://cybersecuritymonth.eu/ – staying secure online 2019 campaign.

Official website of the Department of Homeland Security (USA) – https://niccs.us-cert.gov/national-cybersecurity-awareness-month-2019 – this site is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness including ‘Trivia Game’ and downloadable NCSAM Graphics that you can include in your organizations social media posts, communication resources, and promotional materials. They also participate in a variety of speaking engagements each October.