The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has announced that throughout October it will focus on ways to “Secure Our World” by educating the public on how to stay safe online. Toward that end, CISA will work to drive behavioral change around core cybersecurity habits by providing everyone with the knowledge and tools they need to stay safe.
This October and year-round, CISA challenges everyone to help secure our world by adopting four simple steps that everyone can take to stay safe online:
- Use strong passwords that are long, random, and unique to each account, and use a password manager to save them and implement them on demand.
- Turn on multifactor authentication on all accounts that offer it. You need more protection than a password on your most important accounts, like email, social media, and financial accounts.
- Learn to recognize phishing before you click. Be cautious of unsolicited emails or texts or calls asking you for personal information, and don’t click on links or open attachments from unknown sources.
- Update software. Turn on automatic updates on software so the latest security patches can help keep your connected devices protected.
Additionally, CISA has developed guidance for specific audiences:
- Individuals and families: CISA is emphasizing the importance of securing personal accounts, offering guidance on personal device safety, safe internet browsing practices, social media usage, and protecting personal information online.
- Small and medium-sized businesses: SMBs face unique challenges, so CISA is working to help them Secure Our World by offering tools and resources that can help boost their cybersecurity defenses and minimize the risk of data breaches or cyber-attacks.
- Tech companies: CISA advises manufacturers to implement security features built-in by design. Default settings should already have the highest security measures without users having to opt-in to protect themselves.
To learn more about the campaign to Secure Our World check out these resources from CISA.
Nathan Muller is the author of 29 technical books and over 3,000 articles that have appeared in 75 publications worldwide. He also writes articles, blogs and social media content for tech companies and their executives.