October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) - a time to focus on how cybersecurity is a shared responsibility that affects all Americans. NCSAM is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its public and private partners, including the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity.
Many of our interactions and communications on the Internet have become automatic. We easily get out of the habit of acting deliberately online, and we take much for granted. During NCSAM, we are reminded to be more careful and to take security and safety precautions, so that our identities are less likely to be compromised by scammers. Their tricks are not as effective when we treat our online identity with appropriate security measures. That way, scammers cannot go “trick or treating” behind identity disguises stolen from us.
Although Cyber Security Awareness Month is more than half-way over, the threats that businesses and consumers face last throughout the year. Long after we take down the decorative webs from our yards and porches, crooks continue to look for ways to steal our personal information. Huge data breaches have been occurring on a regular basis and everyone is at risk!
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving South Dakota is offering a free program to help businesses learn how to protect their businesses, clients and employees from the vulnerabilities they face in an ever changing cyber landscape.
Businesses in the Sioux Falls area are invited to attend a panel discussion called “Insecurity in a Digital World.” It will be held on October 25th from 7:30 am – 10:00 am at the Avera Prairie Center, 1000 E 23rd St in Sioux Falls. Included is a continental breakfast that will be served from 7:30 am – 8:00 am, and there will be time allotted for the audience to ask the panelists questions.
• Theron McChesney, SDN Communications - Cyber Threat Landscape
• Marty Jackley, South Dakota Attorney General - Equifax & Other Threats Facing SD Businesses
• Dr. Josè-Marie Griffiths, DSU - 5/G Small Cell: The Future of Wireless