National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2012
October 1, 2012
The Advanced Cyber Security Center Celebrates National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2012
The Advanced Cyber Security Center recently joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s national cybersecurity awareness Stop.Think.Connect.Campaign. As a proud partner, we are happy to announce the commencement of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2012.
Today, we are more interconnected than ever before. Not only do we use the Internet to stay connected, informed, and involved, we utilize it for all of our day-to-day needs. The nation’s most critical infrastructure systems rely heavily on the Internet for things such as submitting taxes, applying for student loans, and even powering our homes.
Yet for all of its advantages, increased connectivity brings increased risk of theft, fraud, and abuse. No country, industry, community, or individual is immune to cyber risks. For this reason, the Advanced Cyber Security Center will be joining the Department of Homeland Security to encourage everyone to ACT – Achieve Cybersecurity Together
Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, that is why it is important for everyone to become educated on not only the types of threats that exist in cyberspace, but also on ways to protect, ourselves, our families, our communities and our country from cybercrimes. The fact that many of our lives depend on digital technology makes cybersecurity one of our country’s most important national security priorities.
The Advanced Cyber Security Center is supporting the goal of NCSAM’s to increase cybersecurity awareness across the nation.
As part of a global network of Internet users, we all have an important role to play in the shared responsibility to secure cyberspace. Throughout NCSAM and beyond, each of us can take some simple steps to help protect our home and business computers, our smartphones, and our tablets from cyber threats:
- Set strong passwords, and don’t share them with anyone.
- Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized by installing updates.
- Maintain an open dialogue with your family, friends, and community about Internet safety.
- Limit the amount of personal information you post online, and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely.
- Be cautious about what you receive or read online – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
For more information on NCSAM 2012, click www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month.