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Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Update | Tuesday, October 13, 2020

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), and Columbus State is joining with the Department of Homeland Security to raise cybersecurity awareness. The theme for NCSAM: If You Connect It, Protect It. Do Your Part.

#BeCyberSmart. Cybersecurity starts with you and is everyone’s responsibility.

Ben Dalton, information security officer at Columbus State, shares these NCSAM simple safety tips on how you can better protect yourself online:

Secure Your Networks
Wireless routers are a way for cybercriminals to access online devices. Ensure you use a firewall and change default passwords.

Stay Up to Date
Keep software updated to the latest versions. Set security software to run regular scans.

If You Connect It, Protect It
One proven defense against intrusion is updating to the latest virus protection software.

Double Your Login Protection
Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) to ensure that the only person who has access to your account is you.

If Tt Looks Suspicious, Report It
Protect yourself from phishing. Be aware of requests for gift cards. If you see EXTERNAL in the email subject line, use caution.

If you get a suspicious or phishing email, report it. Email, or call the IT Support Center at 614-287-5050.


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