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Cyber Security Awareness Month in Georgia

October 8, 2015

Governor Deal has proclaimed October as Cyber Security Awareness Month in Georgia. October occurs during a wonderful time of the year — the summer heat starts to subside and pumpkin-flavored food appears everywhere. As the weather cools, people move indoors and their online activities increase. This presents the perfect opportunity to focus on cyber security and what you can do to be safer online at work, at home and with your mobile devices.

This year, throughout the month, we are highlighting the issue of cybersecurity on the Georgia Technology Authority website and in our social media posts. We aim to raise awareness of cyber security issues and encourage Georgians to learn more about staying safe online. 

Every October for the past 11 years, Georgia has participated in National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) — a national public awareness campaign that highlights the many technology-related threats we face every day, promotes cyber security and helps you stay safe online.

Cyber security remains a shared responsibility, and we all have a role to play in making the Internet safer and more secure for everyone. As a first step to increasing your security, follow these quick tips from the national cyber security awareness campaign, Stop.Think.Connect™ :

  • Secure your devices. Take advantage of lock screens, passwords and fingerprint scanning capabilities to secure your smartphones, tablets and computers.
  • Set strong passwords. Make your passwords hard to guess but something easy for you to remember.
  • Think before you app. Many mobile applications request access to information stored on your mobile device, including your contact lists, pictures and location data. Determine if you really want to share such information before downloading the app.
  • Do business with reputable vendors. Before providing any personal or financial information, make sure that you are interacting with a reputable, established vendor. Attackers may try to trick you by creating malicious websites that falsely appear to be legitimate companies.
  • Customize the settings on your accounts. Many accounts include default settings that promote more information sharing. Check your account settings to ensure only the information you want to share is visible to those people you want to share it with.

Want to learn more?  Visit the Georgia Technology Authority's website on Cyber Security Awareness for more useful tips to help increase your knowledge of cyber security and help safeguard your information both at work and at home.

About the Author

Mark Reardon serves as the State Chief Information Security Officer with responsibilities for the security of the state’s IT assets and IT infrastructure.

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