National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) bands together businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, universities and individuals from around the globe every October to promote cybersecurity awareness and education. Rooted in the philosophy that cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, NCSAM seeks to create dialogue about the most pressing issues in cybersecurity. Here are some of the major themes last month:

Quick and Easy Steps to Online Safety
We cannot stress enough the importance on online security in your day-to-day life. While some may view cybersecurity as unattainable, there are simple, yet vital tips individuals can adopt to up their security. These tips include creating strong passwords, saying yes to software updates on devices, and avoiding the urge to overshare on social media to name a few.

Recognizing and Combating Cyber Threats
As cyber threats continue to evolve, it’s increasingly important for consumers to understand the current threats facing their identity. NCSAM names some frequent cyber threats and risks, as well as some tips to help combat these threats. Take identity theft for instance, it’s essential to be cautions before posting personal information online. Think carefully before sharing information through apps and websites. Other threats, like malware and viruses, can be mitigated through regular security updates as a start.

Strategies for Security in the IoT World
We are becoming more and more connect to digital technologies than ever before. When interacting with an Internet of Things (IoT) device, it’s important to understand how your data is being collected and stored. Remember to keep these devices secure, as they may serve as the gateway to other sensitive information.

By understanding the importance of online security and implementing security practices in our day-to-day lives, we can all play an active role in this shared mission.