October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a time dedicated to recognizing the importance of cybersecurity to ensure families, communities, businesses and the country’s infrastructure are better protected against cybercrimes.
To help Americans stay safe while using the internet, this year’s theme, Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT., encourages personal accountability as well as proactive behavior in security best practices and digital privacy.
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security also offers tips for Hoosiers to protect personal information online such as:
- Using strong passwords;
- Not opening unsolicited or unknown emails;
- Using security software tools; and
- Enabling stronger authentication for log-in information.
To ensure our state is at the forefront of cybersecurity, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed an executive order in 2017 to continue the Indiana Executive Council on Cybersecurity, which combats hacking and cyberattacks on individuals and organizations.
The Indiana Cybersecurity Hub also provides a variety of resources to increase safety while online. This website aims to serve as a central hub of information for Hoosiers, government officials, and business owners to stay cyber secure. For example, you can access assessment tools to test your awareness of cybersecurity. For more information, visit GetPrepared.in.gov or the Indiana Cybersecurity Hub.