National Cybersecurity Awareness Month takes place annually throughout the month of October. It’s a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance with the goal of educating all Americans about staying safe online. With this initiative comes the idea that cybersecurity is the shared responsibility of everyone. From smartphone users to employees on corporate computers, when we’re all aware of the cyber threats we face our entire nation is more secure. Each week in October will have a different focus for awareness. Keep an eye on our blog all month for more information on each of these topics.
Week 1: Make Your Home a Haven for Online Security
Week one underscores the basic cybersecurity essentials the entire family can deploy to protect their homes against cybersecurity threats. We’ll dive into topics like teaching our children to use the internet safely, avoid scams like phishing and what you need to know about all those internet-connected devices in your home. Your home is where you store your most precious data. Family photos, tax documents, home videos, music. We recommend using Sophos Home, a free software to help you protect your personal computers.
Week 2: Millions of Rewarding Jobs: Educating for a Career in Cybersecurity
New technology is exciting, but with new technology comes new vulnerabilities. New developments are outpacing the rate of new cybersecurity professionals. The good news is that there are limitless opportunities for the careers in this field. In week two we’ll explore the millions of rewarding and well-paying jobs in the IT Services industry. In fact, Les Olson Company is hiring I.T. Professionals right now.
Week 3: It’s Everyone’s Job to Ensure Online Safety at Work
Week 3 we’ll review how small and medium-sized businesses can protect themselves by educating their employees and customers against common threats. No matter what your job is, part of that includes doing your part to ensure your organization’s online security. Through training and awareness we can all pitch in to improve security. Les Olson Company offers expert I.T. Services for businesses of all sizes. How secure is your network? Get a FREE network analysis report on the strengths and vulnerabilities of your organization’s network.
Week 4: Safeguarding the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that all Americans depend on the critical infrastructure for things like food, water, banking, healthcare and communications. All of these sectors rely on cybersecurity. A disruption can have catastrophic consequences. In week 4 we’ll explore the technology we rely on as a nation and how cybersecurity plays a critical role in our day-to-day lives.