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Personal Info!

Protect Your Personal Information

Personal Information Is Like Money. Value It. Protect It:  Information about yourself, such as games you like to play, has value ‒ just like money. Be selective with the information you provide to emails, apps, websites and social media sites.

Do not provide personal information: Make certain of a person’s or organization’s authority to have your Personal Identifiable Information (PII).

Guard your mobile device: To prevent theft and unauthorized access or loss of sensitive information, never leave your mobile devices–including any USB or external storage devices–unattended in a public place. Keep your devices secured in taxis, at airports, on airplanes, and in your hotel room.

Keep it locked: Get into the habit of locking your device when you are not using it. Even if you only step away for a few minutes, that is enough time for someone to steal or destroy your information.

Signs of Phishing

Urgency: Urges you to act quickly because your account may be suspended or closed.

Generic Greeting: Doesn't address you by name, but uses a generic greeting like "Dear valued customer."

Validate or Update Information: Asks for account numbers, passwords or other personal information.

Includes Errors: Contains misspellings or grammatical errors.

Unusual Content: Is from someone you know, but includes a strange subject line or unusual attachments.

Unknown Link: Contains links to unknown or suspicious websites.

Plausible Sender: Claim to be from your military service, government organization, Internet service provider or bank.

Fake Website: Direct you to a Website that looks real.

Cyber Security Awareness

Cyber Security is our responsibility.


Every Airman is tasked to defend the cyberspace domain.  In recent years, data breaches at the Office of Personnel Management, Veterans Administration, and Internal Revenue Service demonstrated the importance of cyber security.  We all have a part to play, and all Airmen must be knowledgeable and vigilant of cyber threats on and off-duty.

Presentations

Cyber Security References

From the first day Airmen put on the uniform, the Air Force enforces and re-enforces the necessity of good cyber hygiene through ongoing training.  Annual CyberAwareness training through the Air Force training site ADLS keeps Airmen vigilant and reminds them of the daily threats to the Air Force’s cyber culture.  

Airmen who want to know more about cyber security can find additional resources at the US-Cert NCAS website or “The Cyber Space” link maintained by the 24th Air Force.  Late in 2015, the Pentagon released the Department of Defense Cybersecurity Culture and Compliance Initiative.  DC3I outlines how the DoD plans to transform its cyber security culture by aligning cyber security strategy with future DoD cyber strategy.  From the bottom up the Air Force is committed to making cyber security the cultural norm.

https://golearn.adls.af.mil/kc/main/kc_frame.asp?blnWhatsNew=True

http://www.defense.gov/News/Publications

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas

http://www.24af.af.mil/About-Us/The-Cyber-Space

 

Password Security

Take your password seriously.

Protect Your Passwords
Make passwords long and strong: Combine capital and lowercase letters with numbers and special characters to create a more secure password. Change any default passwords on your mobile device to ones that would be difficult for someone to guess.

Create a passphrase: Passwords can now be “mybosslikesreadingcartoonsinthenewspaper.”

Unique account, unique password: Use different passwords for different programs and devices to thwart cybercriminals. Do not choose options that allow your device to remember your passwords.

Write it down and keep it safe: Everyone can forget a password. Keep a list that’s stored in a safe, secure place away from your computer.

Get Two Steps Ahead: Turn on two-factor authentication – on accounts where available. Two-factor authentication can use anything from a text message to your phone to a token to a biometric like your fingerprint to provide enhanced account security.

Home Cyber Security

Good cyber security culture starts at home. The web offers numerous resources to assist all families in making cyber security a cultural norm at home.  Kids naturally love games, so www.GetGameSmart.com and www.WebWiseKids.org help kids and parents learn about staying safe online in a fun way. 

In addition, all adults can practice what they preach by reviewing the vast amount of information available on www.StaySafeOnline.org, and sharing their internet safety sources with their friends and family.

Other educational resource include: www.GetNetWise.org, www.iKeepSafe.org, and www.WiredSafety.org

Every Airman's Responsibility

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month!

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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October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month!