More than ever before, the world is connected to a vast cyberdomain. The internet touches most aspects of daily life. With one click of a mouse or swipe of a finger, people can access volumes of information available to all users.
This is why it’s imperative for service members and government employees to use their situational awareness when operating within the Department of Defense network, as well as their personal computers.
October is the month to brush up on online safety as it marks the beginning of National Cyber Security Awareness month.
“The purpose of this month is to raise awareness and mitigate the threats we face in cyberspace every day,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Daniel Presland, 19th Communications Squadron commander. “We want Airmen to understand that the actions they take online have implications in the real world and that there are cybercriminals out there.”
Shopping, banking and connecting with loved ones have become normal online activities. As a result, individuals increasingly share more sensitive information that’s highly sought after by cybercriminals – which is why it's critical to secure network connections.
“One way Airmen can increase their cyber awareness is by performing ‘cyber hygiene,’” Presland said. “That means taking care of those easy, but fundamental, aspects of cybersecurity.”
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