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National Preparedness Month: Protect yourself against a cyberattack

Update | Monday, September 16, 2019

September is National Preparedness Month. Ben Dalton, director of Information Security, says, “Preparing for a cybersecurity attack at work and at home should be part of your regular preparedness plans.”

Cyberattacks are malicious attempts to access or damage a computer system. Cyberattacks can involve computers, mobile phones, and gaming consoles. Attacks can result in identity theft, loss of money or data, and damage to your reputation, as well as cause disruption to business services. 

Tips to protect against a cyberattack:

·         Keep software and operating systems up to date

·         Use updated antivirus

·         Create strong passwords and enable two methods of verification

·         Watch for suspicious activity; when in doubt, don't click

·         Use encrypted (secure) internet communications (https)

·         Create backup files

·         Protect your home WiFi network


Actions to take if you become a victim of Identity theft:

·         Change passwords

·         Contact banks, credit card companies, and credit bureaus

·         File a report with the local police

·          File a report with the Office of the Inspector General at

·         File a complaint with the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) at

Report suspicious activity. Email or call the Help Desk at extension 5050.

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