On Tuesday, October 1, 2019, the Sugar Grove Village Board passed a resolution recognizing the month of October 2019 as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month to help promote awareness of the variety of resources available to help better understand cybersecurity and simple steps that can be taken to protect yourself, your family and your organization. The goal is to enable residents to make the most of today’s technology in a safer and more secure environment.
This year’s overarching theme for the month is ‘Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.’
The number of devices connected to the Internet is increasing at an exponential rate, and this makes it even more important to understand your digital profile and the potential for cybersecurity threats. OWN your online safety by taking proactive steps to ensure your information is secure. Understand the devices and applications you use every day to help keep you and your information safe and secure. Avoid the use of free or open Wi-Fi networks, which cybercriminals often exploit.
Technology is evolving, as are the tactics used by cybercriminals to obtain your, your family’s, or your company’s data for financial gain. SECURE your devices and accounts with added layers of security like Multi-Factor Authentication – to better protect your personal information.
Every click, share, send, and post you make creates a digital trail that can be exploited by cybercriminals. Understanding how to keep your digital profile safe will help protect you from cybercrime. PROTECT your information by practicing good cyber hygiene at home and in the workplace. Be familiar with and routinely check social media platform privacy settings to help protect your privacy and limit cybercrimes.
Cybersecurity is an ongoing practice that evolves with the technology landscape. This month all residents are encouraged to visit the National Cyber Security Alliance website, www.staysafeonline.org, to learn about cybersecurity and to put that knowledge into practice in their homes, schools, workplaces, and businesses.