October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)


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Since 2013, every single Yahoo account has been hacked. That’s 3 billion accounts in all. Change your password and user ID on all the other sites where you’ve used your email password and user ID. Make your password longer and more obscure.

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The idea is “designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives to raise awareness about the importance of cyber-security, provide them with tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increase the resiliency of the Nation in the event of a cyber incident,” according to the Department of Homeland Security.

NCSAM started back in October of 2004 when the cyber-security sector was a $3.5 billion market. It will surpass $120 billion by the end of 2017, due to the rise of cyber-threats. This year may go down with the unflattering distinction of being the worst year for cyber-security incidents. This year alone saw major hacks of Equifax, HBO and Verizon. The hack of Equifax, one of the nation’s three credit bureaus, was the worst of the bunch. Personal information of more than 143 million consumers was exposed and even if you weren’t a customer, you might have been exposed due to the way they gather info on all consumers based on their credit activity.

As hacks and data breaches become a part of our everyday lives, we must stay vigilant when it comes to protecting ourselves. Stay cyber-savvy this month and beyond!

Source: NordicBackup

-Tyler @ Hartman Technology