October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Are you protected?

Make sure your personal and professional information is secure

Sony, Target, Home Depot, Yahoo, Equifax, and even the U.S. Office of Personnel Management have all been attacked by cybercriminals. Let’s face it: In today’s world, the cybersecurity threats facing our nation can seem overwhelming—and downright scary.

Cybersecurity, specifically the protection and security of consumer–members’ assets and the nation’s complex, interconnected network of power plants, transmission lines, and distribution facilities is a top priority for electric cooperatives and other segments of the electric power industry.
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This October, Rock Energy Cooperative is recognizing National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
 
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The special designation began in 2004 under leadership from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance. Since then, it has grown exponentially, reaching consumers, small- and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions, and young people across the nation.  
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By raising awareness and understanding of basic cybersecurity practices, the country can unite to combat cyberthreats. Everyone has a role to play in ensuring the security of your personal and professional data.
 
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Use these tips to safeguard your computer:

• Keep all software on internet-connected devices—including personal computers, tablets, and smartphones—up to date to reduce risk of infection from malware.

• Create long passwords that only you will remember, and change them every six months. Remember, a strong password is at least 12 characters long.

• Avoid the use of thumb drives and other portable memory devices.

• Don’t click on web links or attached files in e-mails when you’re not certain of who the sender is.

• Keep pace with new ways to stay safe online. Check trusted websites for the latest information. Share security tips with friends, family, and colleagues, and encourage them to be web wise.

 

To learn more about National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, click here.