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Cyber Security Awareness Month October 2010

The cyber threat has become one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face. America’s competitiveness and economic prosperity in the 21st century will depend on effective cybersecurity. Every Internet user has a role to play in securing cyberspace and ensuring the safety of ourselves, our families, and our communities online.

October 2010 marks the seventh annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security. Americans can follow a few simple steps to keep themselves safe online. By doing so, you will not only keep your personal assets and information secure but you will also help to improve the overall security of cyberspace.

Cyber Security Month Tips Take Action The Protection Connection

Learn to protect yourself online with privacy settings and good online practices.

  Securing the Family PC
  Securing the Family Network
  Recognizing Phishing and Online Scams
  Managing eMail
  Sites you should stay away from
  Computer Monitoring Tools
  Remote Access and Monitoring Tools
  Be a Good Online Citizen
  Be Web Wise
  Connect with Care
  Protect your Personal Information
  Keep a Clean Machine
  Divulged Personal Information

Here are a few steps that you can take to not only participate in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, but also enhance cybersecurity 365 days a year:

There are many things businesses, schools, and home users can do to practice cybersecurity during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and beyond.

  • Make sure that you have anti-virus software and firewalls installed, properly configured, and up-to-date. New threats are discovered every day, and keeping your software updated is one of the easier ways to protect yourself from an attack. Set your computer to automatically update for you.
  • Update your operating system and critical program software. Software updates offer the latest protection against malicious activities. Turn on automatic updating if that feature is available.
  • Back up key files. If you have important files stored on your computer, copy them onto a removable disc and store it in a safe place.
  • Join the National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign: Stop. Think. Connect.

Endorse - Demonstrate your commitment to cybersecurity.

  • Show your organization's commitment to cybersecurity and National Cybersecurity Awareness Month by signing the online endorsement form at
  • Create a section for cybersecurity on your organization's Web site. Download banners at and post them on your organization's home page.
  • Add a signature block to your e-mail:
    "October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Stay Safe Online! Visit for the latest cybersecurity tips."

Educate - Find out what more you can do to secure cyberspace and how you can share this with others.

  • Participate in the National Cyber Security Alliance Cyber Security Awareness Volunteer Education (C-SAVE) Program and help educate elementary, middle, and high-school students about Internet safety and security. For more information or to download the C-Save curriculum, visit
  • Review cybersecurity tips with your family.
  • Print and post these cybersecurity tips near your computer and network printers.
  • Use regular communications in your business—newsletters, e-mail alerts, Web sites, etc.—to increase awareness on issues like updating software processes, protecting personal identifiable information, and securing your wireless network.
  • Educate family, friends, peers at
  • Learn the fundamentals of cybersecurity, starting with the IT Security Essential Body of Knowledge (EBK)
  • For more detailed Tips, read these Tip Sheets from National Cyber Security Alliance

Report Suspicious Cyber Activity to the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) by visiting or by calling 1-888-282-0870. You may also visit for more information.

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Page Created: 10/8/2008
Last Updated: 10/07/2010
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