National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Today's Predictions for Tomorrow's Internet

Oct. 18, 2017

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Today's Predictions for Tomorrow's Internet
Resources for National Cybersecurity Awareness

We are excited to kick off the third week of security awareness month. For this week, we focus on just how digitally connected our world has become. We have a lot of resources to help you, starting with the following.

  • We are sharing a newsletter on Passphrases. Regardless of what devices you use, from smartphone and tablets to Internet connected thermostats and house locks, passphrases are key to protecting yourself.
  • On a related note, we’d also like to share a newsletter on The Internet of Things, (or IoT).
  • Another important resource we will share is a video on Malware.  Learn what Malware is, some common examples of it such as Ransomware and what you can do to stop it.
  • Are you looking to find some ways to secure you mobile device? You are in luck! Here are a few:

      1. Screenlock: Do you have a screenlock on your mobile device? If so, is it a strong, unique lock?  This is one of the most important steps to you can take to protect your device, as you are far more likely to lose it then have it stolen or hacked.
      2. Updated: What is the version of the mobile device operating system? Is it the latest one? If not, it is so important to update your devices for the latest security patches.
      3. Apps: Where are you downloading your apps from - are they from a trusted source? It is extremely important to use only trusted sites, and download apps that have been around for a while, with a large number of downloads and a majority of positive reviews.
      4. Privacy: Do you have geotracking enabled on your devices? Can all your apps track your activity? Be very selective of which apps you allow to geotrack you, in order to maintain the highest level of privacy.
      5. Disposal: What do you do with your old devices after you buy a new one? Dispose of your device in a safe and secure manner by doing first a backup then a factory reset of your device before getting rid of it.
  • Finally, download a poster on all the different ways your online identity, accounts and systems have value to bad guys. 

If you have any questions about our activities in October or suggestions on how to improve our cyber security efforts, please contact Terri Jones (terrij@webster.edu, X7953). She is overall responsible for our security awareness program and will be happy to hear from you.

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