(ATLANTA) – The convenience that technology brings makes everyday life simpler, but also makes it easier for criminals to perpetrate financial crimes through the theft of personal data and use of malicious software. The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency is recognizing October as Cyber Security Awareness Month, and is encouraging citizens across the state to learn how to secure their information through computers, mobile phones and other devices.

“Cyber attacks have unfortunately become more common as technology evolves,” said GEMA/HS Director Homer Bryson. “During Cyber Security Awareness Month we want people to understand that everyone is a potential target for cyber criminals, so it’s up to you to ensure that you know how to deal with these threats and protect your information when you’re online.”

Each week is designated towards educating individuals and families on various tips to keep their information secure and free from hackers. The themes each week during Cyber Security Awareness Month are:

Week 1: October 1-5                Social Media Profile Security

Week 2: October 6-12             Profile Management

Week 3: October 13-19           Mobile Device Safety

Week 4: October 20-31           Phishing – Suspicious Phone Calls and Emails

For tips and tools to get your family and community cyber prepared, visit gema.georgia.gov/plan-prepare/ready-georgia. Additional preparedness information is also available from your local EMA director.


As part of the Office of the Governor, the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency collaborates with local, state and federal governments in partnership with private sector and non-governmental organizations to protect life and property against man-made and natural emergencies. GEMA/HS’s Ready Georgia website and preparedness campaign provides Georgians with the knowledge needed to effectively prepare for disasters. Go to gema.georgia.gov/plan-prepare/ready-georgia for information on developing a custom emergency plan and Ready kit.