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See Yourself in Cyber this Cybersecurity Awareness Month
October 17, 2022
This month marks the 19th annual Cybersecurity Awareness Month, as observed by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency. Cybersecurity Awareness Month is to spread the word on the importance of cybersecurity across the country, ensuring everyone has the resources to stay safe and more secure online. This year's campaign theme — “See Yourself in Cyber” — demonstrates that while cybersecurity may seem like a complex subject, ultimately, it’s really all about people. This October will focus on this aspect of cybersecurity to ensure all individuals and organizations make smart decisions no matter where they are logging on. Here are a few tips CISA recommends:
- Enabling Basic "Cyber Hygiene" Practices: update your software, think before you click, have good strong passwords or a password keeper, and enable multi-factor authentication (logging in using a verification code sent to your phone or email) on all your sensitive accounts.
- Think Before You Click! Recognize and Report Phishing: If a link looks a little off, think before you click. It could be an attempt to get sensitive information or install malware.
- Update Your Software: Don’t delay – if you see a software update notification, act promptly. Better yet, turn on automatic updates.
- Use Strong Passwords: Use passwords that are long, unique, and randomly generated. Use password managers to generate and remember different, complex passwords for each of your accounts. A password manager will encrypt passwords securing them for you!
- Enable Multi-Factor Authentication: You need more than a password to protect your online accounts, and enabling MFA makes you significantly less likely to get hacked.
The CISA offers a number of online resources that are free and open to the public. Topics include telework safety for working remotely, cybersercurity best practices and assessments, and risk management—mitigating risk to essential infrastructure. Find tip sheets on a variety of topics, which also includes statistics/warning signs, information on how to stay protected, and other simple tips to ensure best practices.
Download the CISA's public toolkit for cybersecurity awareness month, which provides information on how to set up strong passwords, how to enable multi-factor authentication, how to stay cyber safe while traveling, and more. Access it here.
For more information on Cybersecurity Awareness Month, go to cisa.gov.