October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October 2019 is the 16th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), a collaboration between government and industry to foster a more secure nation. NCSAM is co-led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA).

This years theme is "Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT." It's all about accountability and proactive behavior int he areas of digital privacy, security best practices, common threats and cybersecurity careers.

The key messages of NCSAM are:

Own IT.

Never Click and Tell: staying safe on social media.

Update Privacy Settings.

Keep Tabs on Your Apps: best practices for device applications.

Never Click and Tell: staying safe on social media.

Secure IT.

Shake Up Your Passphrase Protocol: create strong, unique passphrases.

Double Your Login Protection: turn on multi-factor authentication.

Shop Safe Online.

Play Hard To Get With Strangers: how to spot and avoid phish.

Protect IT.

If You Connect, You Must Protect: updating to the latest security software, web browser and operating systems.

Stay Protected While Connected: Wi-Fi safety.

If You Collect It, Protect It: keeping customer/consumer data and information safe.