FEMA Bulletin – October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is commemorating its 15th year as an annual initiative to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. It’s a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online, while increasing the resiliency of the Nation during cyber-threats.

The theme for the first week of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Oct. 1-5, is Make Your Home a Haven for Online Safety.

Learn the basics of cybersecurity safety:

–  Basic Cybersecurity Safety Tips and Advice from STOP. THINK. CONNECT.  The cybersecurity awareness campaign from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Secure key accounts and devices. Use strong passwords, passcodes, or other features such as touch identification to lock your devices. Review these tips for passwords and securing your accounts.
Lock Down Your Login Protect accounts with strong authentication.
–  When in doubt, throw it out – Links in email, tweets, posts, and online advertising are often how cybercriminals try to compromise your information. If it looks suspicious, delete it.
Back It Up – Protect against data loss by making electronic copies of important files.
Manage Your Privacy – Information about you, such as your purchase history and location, is valuable. Protect your data by being cautious about how your information is collected by apps and websites.
– Respond to identify theft, fraud, and crime – If you are the victim of cybercrime, you need to know what to do and respond quickly.

Learn how to keep your personal data safe during a Twitter chat on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 3 p.m. ET. Use #ChatSTC to join.