This week sees that start of National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2014 in the US, encouraging Americans to focus on cyber security and online safety. With the rise in Internet usage globally, allowing people worldwide to connect for business and personal means increases the risk to identity theft, harassment and fraud by cyber criminals. It is believed that in order to prevent the rise of cyber threats, Americans need to become more engaged and aware of the risks.
National Cyber Security Awareness Month has been created to engage and educate private and public sector partners using initiatives and events to raise awareness, and heighten the nation’s resiliency to cyber attacks. Organisations are encouraged to host an event as part of their support for the National Cyber Security Awareness Month campaign, or by distributing tips and resources about cyber security, including the Stop.Think.Connect™ toolkit. Some of the steps include:
• Setting strong passwords, without sharing them with others.
• Install updates and optimise software for your operating systems and browser.
• Reduce and limit personal information posted online.
• Use privacy settings to avoid sharing information unintentionally.
• Be cautious on what you open and read online.
National Cyber Security Awareness Month runs throughout October 2014.
By Allie Philpin