Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2022

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It’s a simple fact that no matter what type of internet service you use, you are susceptible to cyber-attacks and crimes. Each year, millions of unsuspecting people fall prey to cybercrime that incurs costs into trillions of dollars. And, according to the FBI, the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the crimes and attacks.

The types of crimes are numerous, and it seems that just as we learn how to thwart one crime, hackers and criminals devise new ways to abscond with money, data, and identities. Cybercrime escalated in the early 2000’s along with the quickly increasing numbers of online users and consumers of broadband internet access. So, in 2004, the Office of the President and U.S. Congress declared October to be Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CSAM).

What Is Cybersecurity Awareness Month?

Since 2004, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA) have worked collaboratively with the government and industry to increase awareness and protection nationally and worldwide. While these organizations work year-round to increase cybersecurity, each October, during Cybersecurity Awareness Month, they initiate resources and action items to help people stay safe online.

Each year during CSAM, the organizations provide simple actions people can take to bolster cybersecurity, such as multi-factor authentication, updating software, and password management. With each passing year and as CSAM expands, more and more governmental agencies take part in the monthly activities, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

What Can You Do?

The collaboration provides simple actions each year that everyone can take to strengthen their cybersecurity. Be sure to check the Cybersecurity Awareness Month websites for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the National Cybersecurity Alliance to see what actions they are promoting this year.

To give you a headstart on actions, we strongly encourage you to check out what cybersecurity measures your internet service provider offers. Many providers have it built into their networks and others include software, such as antivirus programs, as part of your service. 

We also advise you to create strong passwords, change passwords often, and use a reputable password manager to keep track of them and keep them safe. And most importantly, stay on top of system updates for your phone and computer, and keep apps up to date.

Who should take these actions? Simple. 

Anyone that uses internet service of any type for any reason should take action to keep themselves safe online.

Your Cybersecurity Resource Guide

We at HighSpeedOptions firmly believe in the need to improve your cyber security and maintain it regularly to keep yourself protected. To learn more about cyber crimes, cybersecurity, and what you can easily do yourself, we’ve compiled our resources to get you started.

Final Thoughts

With the rising tide of cybercrimes and the ways in which you can expose your identity and data online, we cannot stress enough how important it is to make it a regular practice to manage your cybersecurity. Change those passwords. Keep software and app up to date. Monitor who’s connected to your WiFi network. And perhaps most importantly, stay on top of trends and new ways to prevent cybercrime.

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Keith Carlson
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Keith Carlson
Written By
Keith Carlson
Keith is a Contributing Writer for HighSpeedOptions with over 10 years of experience in writing and marketing. He has written for and contributed to organizations in the non-profit, financial, and enterprise internet and cable service industries. At HighSpeedOptions, Keith covers everything from broadband news to emerging technologies and how they complement different lifestyles and budgetary needs. In his free time, Keith enjoys spending time with his family, reading as many books as he can, and photography.