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Takeaways From The 2018 Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October was National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), and 2018 marked 15 years of the annual initiative. National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a collaborative effort put on by the Department of Homeland Security and National Cyber Security Alliance each year, ensuring every American has the resources they need to stay safe and secure online, while increasing the resilience of the nation during cyber threats.

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The 2018 overarching theme was “Cybersecurity is our shared responsibility, and we must all work together to improve our Nation’s cybersecurity.” There were four key messages highlighted throughout the month to encourage awareness on the importance of cybersecurity.

  1. Contribute and commit to strengthening the Nation’s Cyber Ecosystem.
  2. Cybersecurity is a cross-cutting, cross-sector problem, so we have to tackle it together.
  3. Increase and strengthen the cybersecurity workforce across all sectors.
  4. Heighten resilience and understand how to best protect critical infrastructure from cyber threats.

7 Takeaways from National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

During National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, several takeaways were provided to encourage safe cybersecurity practices. However, these seven tips should be considered and implemented every day – not just during NCSAM.

  • Keep a clean machine. Regularly scan your devices for malware, infections, viruses and spyware. Be sure to keep your security software up to date. Be cautious when using USBs and other external devices. Delete or mark emails as junk if they seem suspicious.
  • Don’t overshare online. Social media makes it easy to share information online. However, there are risks to this such as sharing sensitive information and the ability to track locations. Remember that there is no “delete” button on the Internet. Think before you post. Connect only with people you trust and keep certain things private from everyone.
  • Protect your passwords. As a standard rule, be sure your passwords include eight characters or more, with a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. Use different passwords for different accounts, and always opt in for stronger authentication when available.
  • Stay protected while connected. Before connecting to public WiFi, confirm the network and login procedures with appropriate staff to ensure the network is legitimate. Hackers are often able to break through encrypted firewalls, therefore it is better to be safe than sorry. Take extra precautions with public wireless hotspots.
  • Play hard to get with strangers. Do not fall for gimmicks put on by cyber criminals such as financial reward offers, threats upon refusal to engage, or claims of needed help. Keep your personal information private and don’t fall for skipping normal security protocol.
  • Report cybersecurity incidents. Report any computer or network vulnerabilities to the National Cybersecurity Communications and Integration Center at 1-888-282-0870 or at www.us-cert.gov/report.
  • Do your part in protecting critical infrastructure. Systems that enable us to live our daily lives – transportation systems, electrical systems, financial institutions, and more – all rely upon a digital ecosystem. All Americans must understand their role and take steps to protecting our critical infrastructure.

Learn more about the 2018 celebration of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month here.

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H2L’s Impact on Cybersecurity

H2L Solutions, Inc. upholds the importance of cybersecurity practices every day. We provide our clients with multiple layers of information assurance and cybersecurity requirements. The United States is under constant cyber attack. As the world leader in military technology, those unending attacks come from across the globe.

H2L provides the defenses your organization needs to protect against these attacks, specializing in penetration testing. We do this by looking at weaknesses your network may have, identifying them, and helping improve your defenses.

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We guide the completion of a variety of processes:

  • DoD Risk Management Framework
  • Certificate of Networthiness
  • DFARS 252.204-7012 Assessments

Our team of experts has developed a customer-tailored hardware/software solution set to meet DFARS 7012 regulatory compliance requirements for cybersecurity. These services have been sold and implemented to companies across the country.

Find out more about our cybersecurity and penetration testing services here.

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H2L Solutions implements, tests, administers and sustains cybersecurity solutions. We have a staff of information security professionals skilled in the development and management of cybersecurity programs. Our professionals assist our clients with multiple layers of information assurance and cybersecurity requirements.