October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month.  STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

Launched by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance in 2004, this annual campaign is designed to help the public stay safe online and to increase national resiliency in the event of a cyber incident. 

According to the FBI, “Cyber risks can seem overwhelming in today’s hyper-connected world, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself and reduce your risk,” said Assistant Director Scott Smith of the FBI’s Cyber Division. “The FBI and our partners are working hard to stop these threats at the source, but everyone has to play a role. Use common sense; for example, don't click on a link from an unsolicited e-mail, and remember that if an online deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. And overall, remain vigilant to keep yourself and your family safe in the online world, just as you do in the physical world.”

How can you protect yourself?

  • Learn about the IC3 (Internet Crime Complaint Center) and use it if you are a victim
  • Practice good cyber hygiene at work – when you are at work you are a target
  • Know the risks of the IoT (Internet of Things).  Your home is filled with connected devices which present opportunities for hackers and other connected businesses to spy on you and obtain your personal information

The Department of Homeland Security has created themes for each week of this month:

Week 1 – October 2-6 – Simple Steps to Online Safety

Week 2 – October 9-13 – Cybersecurity in the Workplace is Everyone’s Business

Week 3 – October 16-20 – Today’s Predictions for Tomorrow’s Internet

Week 4 – October 23-27 – The Internet Wants YOU: Consider a Career in Cybersecurity

Week 5 – October 30-31 – Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Threats

Use this link for the Stop.Think.Connect Tool Kit:

Additionally, Microsoft has put together a Disaster Preparedness Business Plan program.  If you would like more information on this program and would like to take the first step by completing the Microsoft Disaster-Preparedness Quiz, please email