National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

(UNDATED) – National Cybersecurity Awareness Month will mark its 17th year in October of 2020. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency and the National Cyber Security Alliance announced this year’s theme as “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.”

This theme encourages individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace, stressing personal accountability and the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity.

Organizations can view and download toolkits, resources, tip sheets and sample social media posts to promote the awareness campaign throughout October and year-round.

With remote learning and telework increasingly becoming part of many people’s lives, it is important that Indiana residents, business owners and local governments take cybersecurity precautions to protect sensitive data from falling into the hands of criminals. The Indiana Cybersecurity Hub is intended to be a central hub of information about how to stay informed and safe. Whether paying bills online, working or communicating with friends and family through social media, every Hoosier adult, child and business is at risk for a cyberattack.

According to the Center for Digital Government’s report, Enterprise Security in the New Normal of Teleworking, “one study found 14% of American workers never changed their device passwords [and] 21% of them have shared a work-related password electronically.” Cybersecurity is in every aspect of modern life, making it important that everyone is aware of why and how to stay safe online.

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