Today’s post is in honor of week 4 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Back in July of 2013, a study was released by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, which was funded by McAfee. It estimates that cyber crime costs the U.S. economy $100 billion dollars annually. If that’s not bad enough, its damage to the economy resulted in as many as 508,000 jobs lost. The next question is what can we do to lessen the effects of cyber crime? A great place to start is to check out STOPTHINKCONNECT.org. Here you will find many resources on cyber crime prevention. If you are a victim of a cyber crime or need to report a cyber crime, go to Stay Safe On-line to find additional resources including a tip sheet for victims of cyber crime. Prevention is ideal, however swift action will prevent others from being victimized.
With more people accessing the internet, there is a greater need for Cyber education. Ironically we have the information at our fingertips, but typically don’t know where to look. One resource for information that I came across is the National Cyber Security Alliance. For 10 years now, they have hailed October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Each week they expand on a different theme. I began to follow them on Twitter. From there I noticed other valuable resources for cyber security using hashtag #NCSAM. I quickly realized how easy it was to educate myself and my family. Now I want to share this information with you.
An article I read on Microsoft News discussed a topic I think about as a parent: How old is too young to go online? Most parents that took part in the survey feel 8 years old is a good age to let kids access the internet on their own. The earlier we can educate our students about cyber awareness, the better Digital Citizens they will be in the future. Right now there are campaigns in schools that are trying to raise awareness about cyber security, but they need your help. Check out Staysafeonline.org for more information.
The more we as individuals can take ownership of our online responsibilities, the stronger and more impenetrable our networks will eventually be. It is our shared responsibility. To continue the conversation, follow hashtag #NCSAM
The theme for week 2 of National Cyber Security Awareness month is online safety and security. An important component of online security is awareness. Much like when you go out in public you are told to be aware of your surroundings. It is the same concept. There are vast numbers of phishing sites out there just waiting to capture your information to exploit. The safest way to avoid being a victim or pawn in a phishing attack is to be aware of your cyber surroundings. Find out how savvy you are at identifying a phishing site by taking the phishing quiz.
Follow the conversation about online safety and security using #NCSAM on twitter
The National Cyber Security Alliance is celebrating its 10 year anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. This is a collaborative effort between government and businesses to give everyone the resources they need to stay safe and secure on-line. Cyber security is everyone’s responsibility both at home and at work. Business can do everything possible to prevent a cyber attack, but if an employee is careless and clicks on a link or forwards an email, the security of their network is weakened.
If you think about it, 10 years ago FaceBook was a social networking tool for Harvard students only. Twitter and YouTube didn’t even exist. In just 1 decade our online footprint has changed vastly. The information provided by NCSA is becoming more and more valuable. From their website they provide comprehensive resources to get involved in spreading awareness about cyber security.
To address the many topics concerning cyber security, each week in October has a specific theme.
*October 1-6, 2013- 10 Years & Beyond: General Online Safety & STOP. THINK. CONNECT.
*October 7-13, 2013- Being Mobile: Online Safety & Security
*October 14-20, 2013- Cyber Education and the Next Generation of Cyber Leaders
*October 21-27, 2013- Cybercrime
If you want to follow the conversation around National Cyber Security Awareness Month, follow hashtag #NCSAM. The more aware we become, the less likely we are to be a victim of cyber criminals.