Thursday, October 9, 2008

Tid Bit

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) – IT security awareness for short. This campaign started in 2003 and according to a press release from Homeland Security October 1, 2008 it is design to educate all citizens, key public and private sector partners on cyber threats and how to safeguard against these threats.

In this same press release the following tips were listed for staying safe online (Press Secretary. 2008):
  • Install anti-virus software, a firewall, and anti-spyware software to your computer, and update as necessary.
  • Create strong passwords on your electronic devices and change them often. Never record your password or provide it to someone else.
  • Back up important files.
  • Ignore suspicious e-mail and never click on links asking for personal information.
  • Only open attachments if you’re expecting them and know what they contain.
If you have been following this blog or Gracious Times Newsletter, the above tips should be quite familiar to you as it reiterates the tips given in previous blog postings and newsletter editions.

Interested in further information on this topic? Visit the links listed below for an expansion on this info and a few games along the way.

http://www.dhs.gov/xprevprot/programs/gc_1158611596104.shtm (tells how you can contribute to cyber awareness, who they partner with to get the word out as well as the events schedule to promote cyber awareness this month)

http://www.dhs.gov/xabout/structure/editorial_0839.shtm (all about the National Cyber Security Division)

http://www.us-cert.gov/ (this site gives a security tip of the day)

http://www.onguardonline.gov/ (has interactive quizzes to test you cyber smarts, videos about online safety and tips for computer security)

http://www.staysafeonline.info/ (online safety tips)

As always, email me with your topics and let's have a good time learning together!


Reference:
Homeland Security, Office of the Press Secretary. (2008, October 1). Fact Sheet: National Cyber Security Awareness Month: http://www.dhs.gov/xnews/releases/pr_1222952298056.shtm

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