October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

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October 2010 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month October 2010 celebrates the seventh annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security. The National Cybersecurity Awareness Month provides an opportunity to learn more about the importance of cybersecurity.

The White House released a proclamation from the President of the United States of America in which he stated “an effective and useful cyber network connects us and allows us to conduct business around the world faster than ever before. We must educate the public to protect the confidentiality of sensitive information, the value and integrity of e commerce, and the flexibility of the cyber infrastructure.”

There are many things we as a business and home user can do to practice cybersecurity during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and beyond.

Endorse – Demonstrate your commitment to cybersecurity and Staysafeonline.org
  • Add a signature block to your email

"October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Stay Safe Online! Visit http://www.staysafeonline.org for the latest cybersecurity tips."

Educate- share cybersecurity tips with others.
  • Provide business personnel the top 10 best practice tips from www.secureflorida.org
    • Use malware prevention software.
    • Install firewalls for both hardware and software.
    • Construct strong passwords.
    • Back up important data regularly.
    • Keep security patches up to date.
    • User password-protected screen savers.
    • Use the anti-spam settings in your email system.
    • Do not open email or attachments from unknown sources.
    • Use high security settings on your browser.
    • Develop internet security policies for your business and train your staff.
  • Educate family, friends, and peers at www.StaySafeOnline.org.
    • Review the privacy settings of social networking sites
    • Protect all family computers by installing a security suite (antivirus, antispyware, and a firewall)
    • Teach critical thinking and use caution in posting, clicking on, downloading, and uploading content.
    • Explain the implications of the public nature of the internet to your children and help them understand the consequences of sharing information electronically.

Additional information may be found on the following websites:

Department of Homeland Security cybersecurity section is a resource to motivate the public to create a safe, secure cyber environment and promote cybersecurity knowledge. http://www.dhs.gov/files/cybersecurity.shtm

Stop|Think|Connect campaign is a national public awareness effort to guide the nation to a higher level of Internet safety by challenging the American public to be more vigilant about practicing good “cyber hygiene”:  http://safetyandsecuritymessaging.org/tips.html

National Cyber Security Alliance is a shared effort among experts to teach consumers and small businesses about Internet security by providing free tips, checklists, and best practices for remaining safe while online.  www.StaySafeOnline.org

Secure Florida is an education and awareness initiative jointly developed by the Florida Infrastructure Protection Center (FIPC) and representatives from the private sector. Secure Florida is committed to educating local governments, the business community, and private citizens on the critical need to secure their cyber infrastructure, information, and computer systems. www.secureflorida.org

National Institute of Standard and Technology has a draft report NISTIRE 7621(draft) which provides small business information security: The Fundamentals. This report recommends practices for information security that people would be interested in reading.

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