National Cybersecurity Awareness Month - cyber icons with security shield in centerToday marks the first day of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

I am pleased to see one of the themes for this year’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, is about doing security updates. Only by patching your software in a timely manner, can you be truly secure. Even if you do all the other things, skipping this critical step will leave you vulnerable.

The themes for 2019 are as follows:

  • Own IT.
    • Never Click and Tell: staying safe on social media
    • Update Privacy Settings
    • Keep Tabs on Your Apps: best practices for device applications
  • Secure IT.
    • Shake Up Your Passphrase Protocol: create strong, unique passphrases
    • Double Your Login Protection: turn on multi-factor authentication
    • Shop Safe Online
    • Play Hard to Get With Strangers: how to spot and avoid phish
  • Protect IT.
    • If You Connect, You Must Protect: updating to the latest security software, web browser and operating systems
    • Stay Protected While Connected: Wi-Fi safety
    • If You Collect It, Protect It: keeping customer/consumer data and information safe