Week 2 of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

The National Cyber Security Alliance put out a great email this morning, full of resources for the second week of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month focuses on safeguarding your digital accounts. Below is a summary of that email. There are a lot of links in what follows and I encourage you to review as many of the linked resources as you can.

Let's face the facts: bad guys are getting better at stealing personal information from unsuspecting victims. But all is not lost, taking a few proactive steps can help to improve your account and device security.

Shake Up Your Passphrase Protocol: Learn more about best practices for securing online accounts.

Double Your Login Protection: Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) to ensure that the only person who has access to your account is you.

Shop Safe Online: Find tips on being a safe and secure shopper here.

Always Play Hard To Get With Strangers: Avoid getting hooked by a cybercriminal with these phishing tips.

"With Americans spending a tremendous amount of time connected to technology – as much as 12 hours a day – it’s more critical than ever to secure your interconnected devices." – Kelvin Coleman, Executive Director, NCSA

Read more in Kelvin's blog and check back throughout October to read the NCSAM blogs written by our Board Member Companies and close partners.

Resources from NCSA and CISA:

NCSA’s CyberSecure My Business™ program has free webinars featuring top cybersecurity experts. You can watch the following online:

What Are Phishing, Vishing and Smishing How Can I Protect My Business?

Cybersecuring Your Home Office or Home-Based Business.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has created NCSAM guides and tip sheets to help you Secure IT.:

Learn how to create strong passwords and passphrases.

Add extra security to your accounts with this MFA guide.

Get tips and advice for avoiding phishing and email scams.

Stay secure at work by downloading this tip sheet.

Resources from NCSA Board Member Companies:

Cofense is providing fun, free educational resources and powerful tools this NCSAM. They’ll help remind employees that every little bit helps when it comes to fighting phishing and staying secure at work.

Facebook, in collaboration with the National Cyber Security Alliance, created a video featuring tips on how to secure your business page on Facebook.

Google has a free and engaging phishing quiz to test your knowledge and phish-spotting skills. Trust us – it's trickier than you think!

Human Error brings poor security behaviors to the American people. Watch Kelvin Coleman set the record straight in this video by Mimecast.

Resources from NCSA's Partners:

The Federal Trade Commission’s Cybersecurity for Small Business portal offers articles and advice specifically for small and medium-sized organizations on Secure IT topics such as phishing, business email imposter scams, email authentication and more.

Habitu8’s is featuring two NCSAM videos on passwords. The first video provides tips on password strategy that can work for any individual or organization. The second video is a humorous take on bad passwords that is sure to make you laugh.

Telesign’s Turn It On” website provides step-by-step instructions for adding MFA to your accounts. There is also the option to search for the websites and services you use to see if they provide MFA as a security feature.

Find the latest and greatest NCSAM news and resources on social media by following and using the hashtags #BeCyberSmart and #CyberAware.

Online Events This Week:

Webinar: Cybersecuring the Supply Chain – Make Cybersecurity a Competitive Advantage. Wednesday Oct. 9, 2:00 p.m. EDT/11:00 a.m. PDT

Symantec's Secure IT. Webinar. Wednesday, Oct. 9, 1 p.m. EDT/10 a.m. PDT