National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), an annual campaign to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. Cybersecurity incidents can cripple computers and networks and cause a loss of public confidence. Inadequate cybersecurity measures can lead to the compromise of sensitive information.

Government organizations have the responsibility of protecting citizens’ personal information, but maintaining the security of cyberspace is a shared responsibility in which each of us has a critical role to play. Awareness of computer security essentials will improve the security of Alabama’s information, infrastructure, and economy, as well as protecting your own personal and financial information. Follow these practices to help keep your systems secure and your data safe.

  • Use anti-virus software and keep it up to date
  • Ensure your computers operating system software is kept up to date
  • Change your passwords frequently
  • Make your passwords sufficiently complex and not easy to guess
  • Do not use the same password for multiple sites
  • Be careful what you post on-line
  • Be suspicious of email that may be attempting to acquire your personal information
  • Lock your mobile device when not in use
  • Enable additional security measures where they are available (such as multi-factor authentication offered by many financial institutions and commercial websites)

Within the workplace, many of these security measures are done for you or are enforced through policy settings on your computer or your network, but you control your home computer.  Be aware of risks you can control and stay safe online.  You can find many other helpful tips on these websites: