Cyber Security Awareness

  • Cyber Security Awareness

     

    Background

    National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) – celebrated every October - was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.

     


    Since its inception under leadership from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, NCSAM has grown exponentially, reaching consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation. 2016 marks the 13th year of National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

     

    Phishing

     

    Ransomware

     

    Technical Support Scams

     

    USE A STRONG PASSWORD OR PASSPHRASE AND NEVER SHARE IT

     
    • Consider using a password manager program (such as LastPass, Dashlane, or KeePass).  These will let you generate a strong password for each site you use and store them securely.

     
    • Never keep passwords written down in unlocked locations.

     
    • Never share your passwords with others (including your supervisor or subordinates).

     
    • Tri-Valley Tech staff will not ask you for your password (especially over the phone or via emails).  Be suspicious of any email that asks you to verify or confirm your account.

     

    NEVER LEAVE MY COMPUTER UNATTENDED IN PUBLIC LOCATIONS

     
    • When you step away from your office computer, make sure to lock the computer so a password is required to access it (a shortcut in Windows is to hold the Windows key and press L).

     
    • If you need to leave your computer unattended in your car, place it in the trunk or in some location where the computer is not visible to a passerby.

     
    • While security cable locks may serve as a theft deterrent, many have been shown to be ineffective against a determined thief.

     
     

    KEEP MY COMPUTER’S SOFTWARE UP-TO-DATE

     
    • Configure your computer to download and install system and application updates automatically.

     
    • Patch software on your personal computer and check whether you are running the latest version of your browser and plugins like Java, Flash, and Adobe Reader.  A great site for this is browsercheck.qualys.com.

     
    • Many updates such as Java, Adobe Flash & Reader, unfortunately install unneeded software if you don’t uncheck the box in the updates.  Make sure to uncheck any boxes that offer to install extra software.

     

    SAFEGUARD Tri-Valley DATA AND MY OWN PERSONAL DATA

     
    • Avoid storing sensitive data on CDs, DVDs, USB drives, and other types of media that can be easily misplaced or stolen.  If storing sensitive data on such media is necessary, ensure the data is encrypted.

     
     
    • Perform regular backups of your data.

     
     
     
     

    THINK BEFORE I CLICK

     
    • Never open unexpected email attachments.  If in doubt, verify authenticity by phone or a trusted email (don’t just hit reply) before opening.

     
    • Hover over links in emails before clicking on them to see where the destination site is.  If untrusted, don’t click on it.

     

    USE CAUTION WHEN DEALING WITH EMAIL AND OTHER FORMS OF ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION

     
    • Avoid transmitting sensitive data via email and other insecure means of communication.  If it is necessary to send sensitive data via insecure means, ensure that the data is encrypted.

     
    • Never provide your password or other sensitive information in an email or in response to an email.  A request to do so is likely to be fraudulent.

     

    TREAT MY MOBILE DEVICE LIKE ANY OTHER COMPUTER

     
    • Smart phones, tablets, and other mobile devices are just small computers and are at risk of many of the same security issues as more traditional computers.  Your pledge to maintain cyber security should apply to your mobile devices as well as your computer.

     
    • Configure a password or pin on your mobile device to prevent unauthorized access.

     
    • Disable or uninstall applications you don’t use.  Do not install unneeded applications and review the privacy settings of those you do install.

     
    • Ensure that you’re running the latest version of your device’s operating system.  See your wireless carrier or device manufacturer for details.

     
    • Ensure that you’re running the latest version of any applications installed on your mobile device.

     
    • Enable encryption on the device if available.

     
    • Regularly backup data stored on your mobile device.

     
    • Follow secure mobile device disposal practices.  You can bring your phone to Computer Services (HAB 50 or Help Desk) to have it safely destroyed when you no longer use it.

     

    REPORT SUSPECTED SECURITY CONCERNS IMMEDIATELY

     

    If you suspect your computer has been compromised, contact the Help Desk ext 5530 or techs@trivalleycsd.org immediately.

     
     

    HELP PROMOTE CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS AT WORK

     
    • Share the Cybersecurity Pledge with your friends and colleagues.

     
    • Raise awareness of good security practices among your friends and colleagues, and keep an eye out for poor security practices (e.g. passwords left in plain sight, computer left unlocked or unattended, etc.).

     
    • Contact Tech Support if you have any security concerns, or are looking to for ways to improve the security of processes in your department.

     
     

    CYBERSECURITY PLEDGE

     

    As a Tri-Valley community member, I PLEDGE TO…

     
    1. Use a strong password or passphrase and to never share it

     
    1. Never leave my computer unattended in public locations

     
    1. Keep my computer’s software up-to-date

     
    1. Safeguard my computer with anti-virus software and a personal firewall

     
    1. Safeguard Tri-Valley CSD data and my own personal data

     
    1. Think before I click

     
    1. Use caution when dealing with email and other forms of electronic communication

     
    1. Treat my mobile device like any other computer

     
    1. Report suspected security concerns immediately

     

     

    1. Help promote cybersecurity awareness within Tri-Valley community