Cybersecurity: A Shared Responsibility

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and National CyberWatch Center is joining with the Department of Homeland Security and its partners across the country to highlight the importance of cybersecurity and online safety.

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It’s never too early – or too late – to educate people about safer online behavior. The world is more interconnected today than ever before. Government, private industry, educators, law enforcement, and everyday users are needed to make the Internet a safer, more secure, environment.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and National CyberWatch Center is joining with the Department of Homeland Security and its partners across the country to highlight the importance of cybersecurity and online safety.

Understand the risks, learn how to spot potential problems, and consider how online actions can impact everyone’s collective security. Online safety and security are shared responsibilities, and everyone has an obligation to protect theirs and others identities and information online.

Take these simple actions to protect online identity:

  •     Set strong passwords with eight or more characters and a combination of numbers, letters, and symbols
  •     Don’t share passwords with anyone
  •     Keep operating systems, browsers, and other critical software optimized by installing updates
  •     Limit the amount of personal information shared online
  •     Use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely
  •     Be cautious about what is received and read online; if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is

National CyberWatch Center is participating in NCSAM to make the Internet safer for everyone. For more information on NCSAM 2015, visit http://www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect/national-cyber-security-awareness-month.

To receive cybersecurity tips year round, visit http://www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect and become a Friend of the Campaign. The Stop.Think.Connect. online toolkit is filled with tips, facts, and shareable resources: http://www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect-toolkit.

About National CyberWatch Center
National CyberWatch Center is a cybersecurity education and research consortium working to advance cybersecurity education and strengthen the national workforce. Since 2005, National CyberWatch Center has played a key role in developing, promoting and providing cybersecurity education solutions for the nation. To learn more, visit http://www.nationalcyberwatch.org.

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