October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. This is an effort coordinated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Multi-State ISAC, and the National Cyber Security Alliance along with many governments, businesses, schools, and other groups to help improve cyber security preparedness. It's a great time to evaluate your online activities and take some basic steps to protect yourself.
Why Is National Cyber Security Awareness Month So Important?
In our online, mobile society, we are faced with an increasing barrage of cyber threats every day. Whether at work, home, school, virtually every part of our lives is now in some way or another connected to the Internet. Did you know:
- Someone becomes a victim of cyber crime every 18 seconds
- Cyber crime costs an average of nearly $200 per victim
- Mobile device vulnerabilities doubled in 2011 from 2010
- 40% of social network users have been victims of cyber crime on a social networking site
(Source all: Symantec)
What Can You Do to Participate in Cyber Security Awareness Month?
The theme of National Cyber Security Awareness Month is: Cyber Security Is Our Shared Responsibility. Each one of us plays an important role in securing cyberspace, and there are many actions we can take to make a positive impact.