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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

ITI is supporting a national effort to promote cyber security awareness in October 2012 through the National Cyber Security Awareness Month campaign.

Today, there are hardly any aspects of everyday life that are not touched by computers--a phenomenon that brings risks as well as benefits. Many people don’t realize that it’s critical for everyone to take an active role in following basic security practices. They needlessly endanger themselves--and others who share the same networked resources--by thoughtlessly engaging in high-risk activities.

Simple habits and precautions--such as keeping operating systems and software up to date, running anti-malware programs, using hard-to-guess passwords, and checking that websites are secure before transmitting sensitive information--make a tremendous difference in ensuring a positive outcome for everyone.

A coalition led by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Anti-Phishing Working Group has created a website called STOP. THINK. CONNECT as a resource to help people understand what they need to do; it includes a helpful summary of Tips & Advice to follow. STOP. THINK. CONNECT is also leading the National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) effort. Visit the NCSAM campaign’s home page for information on how you can help, and to obtain advice and resources tailored to specific kinds of groups, such as families, businesses, schools, churches, law enforcement agencies, and others.

ITI is doing its part to make cyberspace more secure by continuing its mission to develop trustworthy systems that are secure, dependable, correct, safe, private, and survivable. Working together, we can make a difference!