October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Recently, Ridgeline provided a free Internet Safety Presentation for the local Somerset County community. Continuing in our efforts to help protect the community from Internet threats, Ridgeline will be sharing Internet safety information beginning this October as a 2023 Cybersecurity Awareness Champion.

What is Cybersecurity Awareness Month?

October 2023 will mark the 20th year that Cybersecurity Awareness Month has been held.  It is administered by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA).  Not only are these governmental agencies heavily involved in providing resources for businesses and the public to stay safe, but there are other entities involved as well. For instance the NCA on its website share that several organizations are partnered with them including Google, LinkedIn, Consumer Reports, NASDAQ, VISA, the IRS and more. A key goal of the month is to “raise awareness about digital security and empower everyone to protect their personal data from digital forms of crime.”

Did you know?

According to the Oh Behave! The Annual Cybersecurity Attitudes and Behaviors Report 2022:

  • 78% of people consider staying secure online a priority
  • 57% of respondents say they are worried about cybercrime
  • 46% felt frustrated while staying secure online
  • 39% of users felt information on how to stay secure online is confusing

It is clear from the statistics and Ridgeline Computer Solutions direct client experience that the above statistics ring true. Ridgeline has seen an increase in computer scams and community members having their personal information compromised including banking information.

What will the focus areas of Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2023 be?

The following cyber security areas will be the focal areas for Cyber Security Awareness Month:

  • Multi-Factor Authentication
  • Strong Passwords and a Password Manager
  • Update Your Software
  • Recognize and Report Phishing Attacks

Ridgeline will be providing tips and suggestions during the month related to the above topics to help keep our community safe. If you should need help, or have questions the Ridgeline team is here to help. Feel free to contact us through our website or contact us at 814-701-2014.