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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

 - Dave Nelson, CISSP is president and CEO of Integrity

Cyber-security-monthWould you like to know the single biggest weapon for cybersecurity? Awareness.

Think about all the other risks we face and the huge awareness campaigns designed to educate us on how to protect ourselves or others. We have Smokey the Bear for forest fire safety, Stop, Drop and Roll for fire safety, McGruff the Crime Dog, pink ribbons for breast cancer awareness. The list goes on and on.

Creating awareness for the risks that affect us is one of the best things we can do to help minimize the threats. That’s why Integrity is an official champion of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. This October, as we have in years past, Integrity will be working hard to bring cybersecurity awareness to people of all ages, in all walks of life.

Educating people about cybersecurity threats is foundational to creating a safer computing environment for everyone. What many don’t fully comprehend or at least consider is that our computing systems all coexist in one large digital ecosystem. What one person does at home or at school has profound impacts on what happens to a computer in a corporate data center or embedded in a medical device in a hospital. 

Cybersecurity isn’t just a work issue. It’s a life issue. Identity theft, fraud and financial crime can make life generally unpleasant for those affected by it. We can only protect the digital ecosystem if we begin to educate people about the risk they face wherever computers are used. Protecting passwords and having good cybersecurity practices at work are worthless if those same precautions are not used at home. Many people who use computers at work also have access to work resources from their home computers. However, if those employees don’t carry over the same information security best practices from work to home, those home computers are not protected and expose company data.  It also exposes personal bank or retirement accounts, Social Security numbers of dependent children and other critical information.

Think of cybersecurity best practices like you would general hygiene. Washing your hands frequently and covering your mouth when you cough protects not only you but others as well. Using good information security best practices whether you are using a home, work or public computer will protect you and everyone else as well. If we all get better at cybersecurity, the world becomes a safer computing environment for us all.

Integrity, along with Ankeny's Kirkendall Public Library, will be hosting the following events to celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness Month. We’d love for you to join us.

Topic: Internet Safety and Security Tips for Adults

Focus: Email Phishing, Online Banking and Identity Theft

Date: October 19, 2015
Location: Kirkendall Public Library - Ankeny, Iowa
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Age: Adult Program, 18 years + 

Topic: Social Media and Online Security for Students plus a discussion with high school students on cybersecurity career opportunities

Focus: Social Media (Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), Limiting Access, GPS, Truths about Deleting Items Online and Cybersecurity Career Opportunities

Date: October 19, 2015
Location: Kirkendall Public Library - Ankeny, Iowa

 

Dave-Nelson-2015-biz-blogDave Nelson is president and CEO of Integrity. 

Email: dave.nelson@integritysrc.com

Twitter: @integritySRC | @integrityCEO

Website: https://www.integritysrc.com

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