October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month!

Building upon previous years’ efforts at NEOMED, Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2022 is set to highlight the growing importance of cybersecurity in our daily lives and look to empower individuals and business to take cybersecurity steps by making cyber more accessible.

Founded in 2004, Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CAM), held each October, is the world’s foremost initiative aimed at promoting cybersecurity awareness and best practices. From mobile to connected home devices, technology is becoming more intertwined with our lives every day. And while the evolution of technology is moving at the speed of sound, cybercriminals are working just as hard to find ways to compromise technology and disrupt personal and business life. CAM aims to highlight some of the emerging challenges that exist in the world of cybersecurity today and provide straightforward actionable guidance that anyone can follow to create a safe and secure digital world for themselves and their loved ones.

This year, the CAM’s main focal areas revolve around four key fundamental cybersecurity best practices:

  1. Recognizing and reporting phishing – still one of the primary threat actions used by cybercriminals today.
  2. Understanding the benefits of using a password manager and dispelling existing myths around password manager security and ease of use.
  3. Enabling multi-factor authentication on personal devices and business networks.
  4. Installing updates on a regular basis and turning on automated updates.

Now in its 19th year, Cybersecurity Awareness Month continues to build momentum and impact with the goal of providing everyone with the information they need to stay safer and more secure online. NEOMED is proud to support this far-reaching online safety awareness and education initiative which is co-led by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

For more information about Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2022 and how to participate in a wide variety of activities, visit staysafeonline.org/cybersecurity-awareness-month/.

Additionally, more activities, articles and tips will be communicated in The Pulse throughout October, so please stay tuned!

-- Submitted by Jonathan Wagner, jwagner@neomed.edu.

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