Welcome to the fourth and final week of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This week, we focus on “Cybersecurity First,” which informs us how cybersecurity and staying safe online is increasingly important as we continue to operate virtually in both our work and personal lives. Before purchasing a device or online product, do your research. When you set up a new device or app, consider your security and privacy settings and update default passwords. Cybersecurity should not be an afterthought.

Helpful Tips:

You can find tip sheets with information on the following topics on the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Publications site:

The following tip sheets can help you to protect your information:

These tip sheets provide important advice on how to:

  • Double check email attachments
  • Keep antivirus software updated
  • Utilize strong passwords
  • Keep software up to date

Facts and Figures:

  • Nearly two-thirds of companies have 1,000+ sensitive files open to every employee (Varonis)
  • Global spend on cybersecurity is set to cross $60 billion in 2021. (Canalys)
  • The IoT devices market is anticipated to reach $1.1 trillion by 2026. (Fortune Business Insights)

Our weekly emails and supporting information are available from the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month page on the CUNY Website. We also provide a growing security resources list on the CUNY Information Security pages. You may also want to subscribe to OUCH! — the world’s leading, free security awareness newsletter designed for technology users.

By Patricia Kahn