Futurex, a 2017 NCSAM Cybersecurity Champion
This year, Futurex is proud to have been named a National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) Champion. Champions are businesses, individuals, or organizations that are committed to promoting and encompassing the ideas of cyber security awareness and safety. This year celebrates the 14th year that NCSAM has been working to promote online safety for the American public, and we have pledged to work within and around our community this year to promote the ideas of STOP. THINK. CONNECT.
As the national campaign for NCSAM, STOP. THINK. CONNECT. encourages internet users to consider how and why they are interacting with the internet. Before engaging in online activity, we encourage you to:
- Do you have proper protection in place to protect your computer from online threats?
- Do you have a firewall active on your computer?
- Do you have two-step verification on all sign-ins?
- Do you have an anti-virus or malware program installed on your computer?
- Do you perform regular system checks to check the health of your computer?
- What will you be doing on the internet?
- Do you understand the risks that are involved by visiting certain sites or by opening certain links?
- Are you aware of the consequences your actions online will have?
- Do you have a plan in place in case your find yourself in a situation where you believe your computer has been compromised?
- Enjoy your time on the internet!
While cyber security is a serious matter, we understand that many people want to enjoy the internet. But we want to promote safe, smart enjoyment of the internet where users are fully informed about may or may not happen, and can be sure that their private information is safe. To do that, we’re emphasizing the first step of the campaign this year: STOP.
In a recent study produced by NCSAM, 69% of small businesses reported having to handle and store sensitive information, including customer data. With this growing trend, it’s necessary to start thinking about how to protect that sensitive data. If a breach ever occurs, the loss of this data can not only affect a business’ reputation, but also have a strong and negative impact on customer’s and their sense of data protection. It becomes imperative, then, to consider what sensitive information will be collected, how it will be stored, who will have access, and how it will be protected when make data encryption decisions.
In 2017, LastPass conducted a survey that showed that generation Z (13-22 years of age, as of this year) feel unconcerned with their cybersecurity. While they were the group indicated in the survey as growing up with the most online access, this overconfidence can be both good and bad. While they are less likely to fall for obvious phishing or online attack attempts, they may be less proactive in online safety as a result, leaving them exposed to more advanced and sophisticated attempts. Work with your children to educate them on proper safety procedure, as well as be aware of the parent settings available on your computer to protect them from potentially malicious sources.
You know your online habits better than anyone. If you feel that you need more information and assistance on becoming more cyber secure, or wanting to see how you can help promote awareness in your community, visit https://staysafeonline.org/ to become #cyberaware.