Bud Younke CDRP, MCSE,A+, MCP
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, an engaging idea to make people aware of the potential pitfalls as we navigate through the jungle of the information age. With the month almost past, it is important in today’s world of Internet access via not only our computers, but our smart-phones, tablets and even home appliances with home automation to make every month Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
Education is one of the key elements in keeping people safe. Passing on what we learn to friends and family to increase the base of users who are aware of the proliferation of threats is something everyone can do. It’s not only those of us who make a living in information security who can make a difference, but everyone who reads about a new threat from legitimate sources. That email about a strange new virus from your Aunt Tillie in Topeka is not one of those sources. In fact, those simply muddy the waters and obscure the information about real threats. In and of themselves these are another type of threat.
News sites and vendor sites are the best source of information for everyday users to keep abreast of new threats in the online world. As you learn of new attacks and issues, share them with friends and family.
Technology is changing so rapidly, that it is difficult for those of us in the security industry to keep up, let alone the casual user. Share your knowledge and help to make every month Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
From all of us here at Reclamere, have a safe and happy Cybersecurity Awareness Month!