October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

This year, President Obama issued a presidential proclamation declaring October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  We lead Web-based, digital lives. From personal computers, smartphones, and tablets, e-book readers, to working, shopping, and social networking, virtually every aspect of our lives touches the digital world. Even when we are not directly connected to the Internet, this vast worldwide connection of computers, data, and websites supports our everyday lives through financial transactions, transportation systems, healthcare records, emergency response systems, personal communications, and more.

Everyone has a role in securing their part of cyberspace, including the devices and networks they use. Individual actions have a collective impact and when we use the Internet safely we make it more secure for everyone. If each of us does our part—implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating young people, training employees—together we will be a more resilient and safer digital society.

STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

Cyber Security begins with STOP. THINK. CONNECT. These three simple concepts are the starting point for staying safer and more secure online.

  • STOP:    Before you use the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems.
  • THINK:  Take a moment to be certain the path ahead is clear. Watch for warning signs and consider how your online actions could impact your safety or your family’s.
  • CONNECT:  Enjoy the Internet with greater confidence, knowing you’ve taken the right steps to safeguard yourself and your computer.

Interested in learning more?  Visit the Department of Homeland Security and Stay Safe Online.  If you are interested in learning more about cyber security practices at UAH, email i.t.solutions and they can assist you by providing collateral materials or present to your group about cyber security.

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