The Importance of Cybersecurity by Sonya Scott

Don’t Let the Hacker Get You!

cyber security

Cybersecurity Defined:

You may ask the question, what is cybersecurity?  Well, cybersecurity is the measures taken to protect a computer or computer system (as on the Internet) against unauthorized access or attack.  People from all walks of life use computers every day.  It does not matter whether it is a home computer, work computer, laptop computer or desktop computer; they all should be protected from unauthorized access (hacking) in cyberspace (online networks or internet) that we use (Merriam-Webster, n.d.).

What a National Organization & Government Says about Cyber security:

National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (n.d.) state the following:

Right now the Internet is not a very private place. Passwords are the main form of account protection. But cyber criminals can use simple tool kits that break them or can trick people into giving up their passwords with phishing emails and spoofed websites. Additional security features usually require consumers to share all kinds of personal information like home towns, favorite books, and pet names. For more information, please visit http://www.nist.gov/nstic/privacy.html

For your protection, one of the best ways to exercise caution is by never sharing your password(s) with anyone. Another way to protect yourself is to have antivirus software installed on your computer(s) and to make sure that your antivirus software is current (not expired).  While even taking the necessary precautions to prevent breaches in cybersecurity, the risk of compromise still exists, but we do have the power of controlling what information we give to others.

U S Department of Homeland Security (n.d.) state the following:

President Obama designated October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month. National Cyber Security Awareness Month is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity and increasing the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident.

This is something that many of us did not know, but there are events held to talk about this growing concern.  For a list of the dates and locations of the cybersecurity events and for more information, please visit: http://www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month

Do I Have a Virus?          virus          How Can I Tell?

To better understand what a virus is and how to tell if your computer has a virus, please visit: http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/computer-virus.html


References

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