National Cyber Security Awareness Month

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

The National Cyber Security Awareness Month joins global efforts among colleges and universities, businesses, government agencies, associations, nonprofit organizations and concerned individuals to promote online safety awareness and stand up against cyber bulling.

Everyone has resources that must be secure online and stay safe. The basic steps to online safety and computer security starts with creation of strong passwords. To create a cybersecurity culture at work, begins with recognition of the combating cybercrime by including the pledge of positive behaviors online, obtaining data privacy, protecting mobile devices, and reporting cyber security incidents.

As we celebrating the Cyber Security Awareness Month, we yelling loud “Thank You!” to our local IT Department for taking care of business!

We are living in the age of technological revolution that is characterized by newer computer hardware and software, Internet’s updates, artificial intelligence, and robots. In the words of Sancho Panzo in the Man of the La Mancha, “it doesn’t matter whether the stone hits the pitcher, or the pitcher hits the stone, it’s going to be bad for the pitcher.” (Cervantes)

Cyber security awareness means to keep a balance between system safety and treats, managing risk and hardware/software vulnerability, and understanding the computer technology and its legal, ethical and privacy issues. Cyber security means to recognize cyber bulling and stay away from the computer hackers. Cyber security defends computers, programs and data against hard drive crashes, viruses, direct attacks, and other situations that interrupt or destroy the flow of computer work and computer safety.

The most common way of making yourself known to the person operating a phishing scam is by searching for something on Google and then clicking the very first link that comes up. The first few links on any search are going to advertisements, and these advertisements can easily lead to dangerous websites. People can completely avoid the risk entirely by simply knowing where they are going online before they get there. (Webber, 2018)

Regular Tech-Talk training and education on security best practices have been shown to be a mitigating influence on solid end user network security habits: firewalls, antivirus software, and understanding website certificates are important. Careers in Cyber Security are in high demand. In fact, estimates put the worldwide shortage of people in the field of Certified Information Systems Security professionals and the CompTIA Security+ certification to fill out the jobs at more than two million by 2019. (Webber, 2018) This probably explains why those in the Cyber Security industry currently have a zero percent unemployment rate.

Ida Tomshinsky, Library Director itomshinsky@fnu.edu

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