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Cyber Security Awareness Month

Posted 10/26/2012   Updated 10/26/2012 Email story   Print story


from Information Assurance Office
82d Communications Squadron

10/26/2012 - SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Information technology plays a pivotal part in the Air Force's superior combat capabilities and protecting it from potential threats is crucial in its mission to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace. While many measures are taken to protect the cyber space on base many forget about their personal cyber security when leaving the gates.

This October marks the ninth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security and National Cyber Security Alliance. This year's theme is "the Internet is a shared resource and securing it is our shared responsibility."

It is important to be aware that there are criminals online looking for opportunities to exploit individuals and we all need to do our part to help make the internet safer. Some quick tips from the National Cyber Security Alliance on what you can do to make a safer internet are:

· Keeping a Clean Machine and making sure your devices are malware- free and have updated software, web browsers and operating system.

· Owning Your Online Presence by setting security and privacy settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing.

· When in doubt throwing Out Suspicious Links in emails, advertisements, social media posts and other communications.

· Being a Good Digital Citizen and posting only about others as you would have them post about you.

The Sheppard Information Assurance Office adds the following reminders.

A strong password is the first line of defense against online criminals. A password for all your accounts is a must and at a minimum the password should follow these rules:

· Needs to contain at least one special character (@#$%^&)
· Must be at least 8 characters in length
· Contain at least one capital and lower case letter
· Should not contain any common words, phrases, dates, or number combinations (123, 456)

Also, the increased use of mobile devices and Wi-Fi has made it easier to stay connected on the go but it may also create a false sense of security. It is important to remember that even our mobile devices are susceptible to online criminals - if you are using that "free" Wi-Fi, so could a hacker.

The same security measures applied to a computer should be applied to a mobile device. For tips on keeping your mobile devices safe, click here.

For questions or more information, contact the Information Assurance Office at 676-6837.

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