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#BeCyberSmart - Protect Yourself Online

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is October 2019.

Post Date:10/01/2019 10:04 AM

The Augusta County Information Technology (IT) Department joins the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) in celebration of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2019

Constant assessment against cybersecurity risks and the implementation of a security plan help Augusta County detect and quickly respond to threats. But one of the best ways that the IT department promotes and practices cybersecurity is through ongoing, extensive staff training. 

Jackie Zetwick, the director of IT for Augusta County, emphasizes the role individuals can play in keeping themselves safe online. "With a few easy and proactive actions, each person can help ensure their own online protection." 

With this in mind, IT has shared some of the best tips for online security and urges everyone to take these important steps to #BeCyberSmart.

Held every October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safe and secure online while increasing the resilience of the Nation against cyber threats.

The theme for NCSAM this year is "Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT."        Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT. graphic for NCSAM

Own IT.  |  Understand your digital profile.

Internet-based devices are present in every aspect of our lives: at home, school, work, and on the go. Constant connection provides opportunities for innovation, but also presents opportunities for potential cybersecurity threats that can compromise your most important personal information. Understand the devices and applications you use every day to help keep you and your information safe and secure. 

Secure IT.  |  Secure your digital profile.

 Cybercriminals are very good at getting personal information from unsuspecting victims, and the methods are getting more sophisticated as technology evolves. Protect against cyber threats by learning about security features available on the equipment and software you use. Apply additional layers of security to your devices – like Multi-Factor Authentication – to better protect your personal information. 

Protect IT.  |  Maintain your digital profile. 

Every click, share, send, and post you make creates a digital trail that can be exploited by cybercriminals. To protect yourself from becoming a cybercrime victim you must understand, secure, and maintain your digital profile. Be familiar with and routinely check privacy settings to help protect your privacy and limit cybercrimes. 

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