October is Cyber Security Awareness Month. Are You Secure?

The nation’s critical infrastructure relies heavily on it.

You pay your taxes with it, check your bank accounts with it, keep in touch with friends and family with it and use it in nearly every aspect of your working and professional life.

Can you imagine our lives without the Internet and the interconnectivity it provides?

However, increased connectivity brings increased risk of crime and network security breaches – thus making cyber security one of our country’s most important security priorities.

Sword & Shield is happy to promote October 2012 as the ninth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and want to continue as your partner for a secure future. NCSAM is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC).

This year’s theme for NCSAM, “Our Shared Responsibility,” emphasizes the role that each of us—individuals, families, schools, organizations, industry, and government—can play in helping to create a safer digital world.

Today’s cyber attacks are more stealthy and malicious than ever before and are programmed to remain unnoticed for as long as possible until an opportune time in the future to inflict damage. Some general rules for improving your security include:

  • Set strong passwords and don’t share them with anyone.
  • Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized by installing updates.
  • Maintain an open dialogue with your family, friends, and community about Internet safety.
  • Limit the amount of personal information you post online and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely.
  • Be cautious about what you receive or read online – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

And, as always, contact Sword & Shield to access our professional experience . We can help you prevent future attacks, discover hidden malware in your network that may cause future security issues and assit you in eliminating current threats.

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