As I write this in October, we are in the middle of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association works to promote that every year to help raise awareness among co-ops and their members. The following is some information NRECA provided to be passed along to members.
Sony, Target, Home Depot, Yahoo and even the U.S. Office of Personnel Management have all been attacked by cybercriminals. Let’s face it: In today’s world, the cybersecurity threats facing our nation can seem overwhelming – and downright scary. Cybersecurity - specifically the protection and security of consumer-members’ assets and the nation’s complex, interconnected network of power plants, transmission lines and distribution facilities - is a top priority for electric cooperatives and other segments of the electric power industry.
This October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). Since its inception under leadership from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and
the National Cyber Security Alliance, NCSAM has grown exponentially, reaching consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation.
By raising awareness and understanding of basic cybersecurity practices, we can all work together to combat cyberthreats.
You have a role to play in ensuring the security of your personal and professional data. Use the tips below to safeguard your computer:
- Keep all software on internet-connected devices – including PCs, tablets and smartphones – up to date to reduce risk of infection from malware.
- Create long passwords that only you will remember. Remember, a strong password is at least 12 characters long.
- Don’t click on weblinks or attached files in emails when you’re not certain of who the sender is.
- Keep pace with new ways to stay safe online. Check trusted websites for the latest information. Share security tips with friends, family and colleagues, and encourage them to be web wise.
We hope you will join us in raising cybersecurity awareness. Use and follow #cyberaware on social media to show and share your support. To learn more about NCSAM, visit www.StaySafeOnline.org.
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