October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
(ATLANTA) – Technology often makes everyday life simpler, but it 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 (GEMA/HS) is recognizing October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and is encouraging citizens across the state to learn how to secure their information through computers, mobile phones and other devices. This year’s theme is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.”
“As technology continues to evolve, cyber attacks are becoming more common,” said GEMA/HS Director Chris Stallings. “Everyone is a potential target for cyber criminals, so it’s important to know how to protect yourself 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 Cybersecurity Awareness Month are:
October 1 and 2: Official NCSAM Kick-Off
Week 1 October 5-9: If you Connect It, Protect It
Week 2 October 12-16: Securing Devices at Home and Work
Week 3 October 19-23: Securing Internet-Connected Devices in Healthcare
Week 4 October 26-30: The Future of Connected Devices
Now in its 17th year, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a campaign implemented by the Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. For more information about National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and cybersecurity resources, visit https://www.cisa.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month.
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.