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National Cyber Security

October 2016 - National Cyber Securi0.ty Awareness Month

Week 1 - Secure Yourself at Homemarks
This Octover the 13th annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month, an annual effort led by NCSA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security want to ensure everyone has the resources needed to stay safer, more secure and better able to protect their personal information online. Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, and all individuals and organizations have roles to play in promoting a safer, more secure and more trusted internet.

We are excited to kick off the first week of security awareness month. For this week we are focusing on how to secure yourself at home. We have a tremendous number of resources to help you, starting with the following.

  • A ​​security awareness newsletter on protecting your home network.
  • A poster on protecting your home. 
  • A poster on why you are a target, identifying all the different ways cyber criminals can make money from hacking you
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Secure Your Home Network Creating a Cyber Secure Home You Are a Target

Week 2 - Personal and Work Place Security

The second week of security awareness mont we are focusing on personal and work place security. We have a tremendous number of resources to help you, starting with the following.

  • A video on Encryption
  • A video focusing on one of the most important steps you can do to protect yourself and your accounts from cyber criminals - enabling two-step verification
  • A security awareness video on Targeted Attacks
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Encryption Two-Step Authentication Target Attacks

Week 3 - Internet Security

We are excited to kick off the third week of security awareness month. For this week we focus on Internet Security from these categories: Internet of Things, Phishing and Public Wi-Fi.

  • Smart technologies, sometimes called Internet of Things. This is all about connecting everyday devices to the Internet. These connected devices can make our lives much simpler, however, these devices come with their own risks. Internet of Things (IOC) will help you understand what those risks are and what you can do to secure these devices, your home, and your family. 
  • Phishing attacks generally start with the receipt of an e-mail message that claims to come from a reputable source with which the user has an account. Here we have a poster Don't Get Hooked that will give you a comprehensive view of phishing attacks and how to avoid it.
  • Free public Wi-Fi gives you free access the internet, which is an enormous boon for many people. However, it comes at a price. Public Wi-Fi has many risks, for example, hackers can position himself between you and the connection point to steal all the data you send out. Kaspersky Lab has a detailed article How to Avoid Public WiFi Security Risks that illustrated risks of public Wi-Fi.
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Internet of Things (IoT) Don't Get Hooked How to Avoid Public WiFi Security Risks

Week 4 - Protecting Children Online

The theme of last week of National Cyber Security Awareness Month is protecting children online. Kids have constant Internet access through a variety of devices, so we want to enable children to leverage technology safely and securly as well as becoming good digital citizens or leaders. We have a tremendous number of resources to help you, starting with the following.

  • A talk video "Keep Your Kids Safe Online by Becoming a CyberSmart Parent"  from RSA Conference Workshop on Securing Kids
  • A webcast video "Securing Today's Online Kids"
  • A  presentation of Internet safety and securing children online
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Keep Your Kids Safe Online  Securing Today's Online Kids Computer and Internet Safety

Remember, you are free and in fact encouraged to share these materials with others, including your family, friends and neighbors. If you have any questions about our activities in October or suggestions on how to improve our cyber security efforts, please contact itsecurity@css.edu.


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