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Cyber from the Break Room to the Board Room

A cyber attack can have devastating effects on a company or organization. It can result in significant financial loss, threaten a company’s reputation, and affect its ability to operate.

In today’s digital world, protecting a company against such cyber attacks is no longer solely the responsibility of the IT Department. All employees – from an entry level employee to the CEO – have an important role to play in protecting a business from cyber threats.

  • Here is how you can keep your business safe and secure online during National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and year-round. • Beware of phishing emails. Do not open emails, links, or attachments from strangers. Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites to infect your machine with malware in order to collect personal and financial information.
  • Make your passwords complex. Use a combination of numbers, symbols, and letters (uppercase and lowercase). Change your passwords regularly, especially if you believe your password has been compromised.
  • Report all suspicious activity. If you notice something seems off or unusual with your computer, report it immediately to your IT department.

Find more information on strengthening your business’ cybersecurity with the Federal Trade Commission’s “Start with Security” guide.

To learn more and find out how to get involved, visit www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month.

The FCC Small Biz Cyber Planner 2.0:

The Small Biz Planner is an online resource to help small businesses create customized cybersecurity plans. The tool was developed in partnership between the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), DHS, the National Cyber Security Alliance, and private sector partners. Visit www.fcc.gov/cyberplannerfor more information.

The DHS C³ Voluntary Program:

Helps organizations of all sizes combat the cyber threat. This no-cost program supports industry in increasing cyber resilience by promoting awareness and the use of the National Institute for Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework. Visit www.us-cert.gov/ccubedvp for more information.

Simple Ways to Get Involved in National Cyber Security Awareness Month

  1. It’s not too late to get involved in National Cyber Security Awareness Month! We’re just getting started with our #CyberAware efforts and hope you will join us. Here are three easy ways to get involved starting today. 1 Spread the #CyberAware message on social media. Use the NCSAM 2016 hashtag #CyberAware in your social media messages. Start by sharing this sample post on Twitter: “October is National #CyberAware Month! Find out how to get involved at www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month
  2. Encourage others to join the Campaign. Encourage one friend or colleague to sign up to receive the Stop.Think.Connect.™ Monthly Friends Newsletter so they can receive the latest cyber news and tips directly to their inbox. Sign up here.
  3. Organize your own #CyberAware event. It’s not too late to raise awareness for cyber within your company or community by hosting a cyber event during October. To help make it easy for you to start an online safety discussion in your community, DHS has cyber materials available for you to print and download in the Stop.Think.Connect.™ Toolkit (including prepared presentations and tip cards).

#CyberAware Tip of the Week

One small step can make a big difference in your online security. Each week during NCSAM, we’re sharing a quick and easy tip that you can do to better protect yourself online.

Beware of phishing emails. Take a moment to stop and consider whether or not an email that requests your personal information is from a legitimate source. Just as you would not open a door before being sure of who was on the other side, always be wary of unfamiliar email requests or links. Always delete any online communications (i.e., texts, emails, social media posts) that look suspicious, even if you think you know the source.

Spread the Word on Social

  • Share the sample tweets below using the official NCSAM hashtag, #CyberAware, to help us spread the word about #CyberAware Month.
  • Educate employees on cyber threats & ways to identify and report incidents. Find resources at www.dhs.gov/StopThinkConnect #CyberAware
  • #CyberAware Tip: Links in emails are often how cybercriminals compromise your computer– if an email looks suspicious, delete it #Phishing
  • Join us in celebrating #CyberAware Month in October. Find out how to get involved at www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month Follow the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber Twitter handle, @cyber, for more cyber tips and news.

#ChatSTC Twitter Chat: Cyber from the Break Room to the Board Room

  • No matter the size or industry, any organization can be targeted by cybercrime. Creating a culture of cybersecurity is critical to protecting your organization’s employees, intellectual property and reputation, as well as the consumers and constituents you serve. This #ChatSTC Twitter chat will discuss how leaders and employees can keep their organizations safer and more secure during National Cyber Security Awareness Month and year-round.
  • Where: Use #ChatSTC to join!
  • When: Thursday, Oct. 13, 3-4 p.m. EDT/12-1 p.m. PDT