Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Cyber Security Awareness Month In Full Force
-Threats to Security Never Sleep!

Every year my group helps support a company wide awareness campaign and that coincides with National Awareness month. Videos, games, posters, online question and answers... and of course booty with some great top prizes (ipods, security system, etc). Yes, enthusasim isn't enough- folks need to enage and submit correct answers to be in drawings. As for the goodies being drawn, we continue to get much of it just for the asking from our suppliers ahead of the event (explaining our internal campaign and asking "would they like to help us out", etc ) - no strings.

Nationally, many "free" resources continue to be developed by non-profits and governmental sources. Some the best of these online sources follow and are worth taking note of as this month winds down.

> National Cyber Security Alliance
Top 8 Cyber Security Practices

  1. Protect your personal information. It's valuable.
  2. Know who you're dealing with online.
  3. Use anti-virus software, a firewall, and anti-spyware software to help keep your computer safe and secure.
  4. Be sure to set up your operating system and Web browser software properly, and update them regularly.
  5. Use strong passwords or strong authentication technology to help protect your personal information.
  6. Back up important files.
  7. Learn what to do if something goes wrong.
  8. Protect your children online.
> EDUCAUSE's Online Cyber Resource Kit

> MS-ISAC Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center
- webcast, Cyber Security Tool Kit, etc.

> OnGuardOnline.gov
- more information, phamplets, etc

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