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Are you and your family safe and secure online? ReadyWisconsin and the Wisconsin Homeland Security Council want to help protect your digital life.

This October, we’ll focus on one important topic each week of Cyber Awareness Month

Week 1: General Cybersecurity Awareness / October 1-2

Cybersecurity as a shared responsibility. We’ll provides simple online tips to empower all of us to be safer online.

Scams and Scoundrels

Parents and Teachers: Click here for great Online Safety Quiz for kids!

Share With Care

  • What you post can last a lifetime: Before posting online think about how it might be perceived now and in the future and who might see it.
  • Own your online presence: Set the privacy and security settings on web services and devices to your comfort level for information sharing. It’s ok to limit how and with whom you share information.
  • Be aware of what’s being shared: Be aware that when you share a post, picture or video online, you may also be revealing information about others. Be thoughtful when and how you share information about others.
  • Post only about others as you have them post about you: The golden rule applies online as well.

    Personal Information Is Like Money. Value It. Protect It.

  • Think before you act: Be wary of communications that implore you to act immediately, offer something that sounds too good to be true or ask for personal information.
  • Get two steps ahead: Switch on two-step verification or multi-factor authentication wherever offered to prevent unauthorized access.
  • Should/Should not: Talk to your family, friends and coworkers about what information you should and shouldn't send over email. Personal (e.g., Social Security numbers) and financial (e.g., credit card numbers and banking accounts) information should never be sent over email. You may also consider using an email encryption service to keep sensitive emails secure.

    Two Steps Ahead Campaign.

  • Enabling two-factor authentication: Help stop your email, financial data, and social networking sites from falling into the wrong hands. http://stopthinkconnect.org/campaigns/details/?id=460

    When in doubt, throw it out.

  • If a message, link or post looks suspicious: delete and / or mark as junk.
  • Is it really from a trusted source: Be aware that an email coming from a friend may be from a hijacked account.

    Week 2: Creating a Culture of Cybersecurity at Work / October 5-9

    Highlights the common threats businesses and employees are exposed to and provides resources for business and employees to stay safer online and enhance their existing security plans.

  • Take this self-assessment: Cyber Resilience Review self-assessment package
  • Department of Homeland Security resources that can help you protect your business & customers: Stop.Think.Connect. Small Business Resources
  • The Federal Trade Commission Small Business page has videos and tips: Small Business Protection Training
  • Latest data breach report: 2015 Data Breaches
  • Data breach fact sheet: ITRC Fact Sheet 135 - Business Best Practices
  • Internet Security Essentials for Business: Internet Security Essentials for Business 2.0
  • Week 3: Connected Communities: Staying Protected While Always Connected / October 12-16

    Emphasizes the importance of protecting ourselves when connecting to the Internet while on the go. Week three provides best practices for using mobile devices and social media, and encourages us all to become better digital citizens in our communities.

    Week 4: Your Evolving Digital Life / October 19-23

    Highlights the “smart world” we live in and the importance of educating all citizens on cybersecurity as more and more of the devices we use – from phones and tablets to home appliances and medical devices – become connected to the Internet. Week four provides a current snapshot of technology and where we envision technology taking us in the future.

    Week 5: Building the Next Generation of Cyber Professionals / October 26-30

    Week five looks to the future of the cybersecurity workforce, focusing on cybersecurity education and awareness in schools at all levels, and emphasizing the need for properly trained cybersecurity professionals.

    Check out the information and videos below and become Cyber Savvy.

    Safety Tips for Computer Users

    Tips for Mobile Devices

    Latest Tips and Scams

    New Credit Card Chip Technology

    National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign - Stop.Think.Connect. August 2015 Update

    Gift Card Scams

    Hacktivists Threaten to Target Law Enforcement Personal and Public Officials

    Criminals Defraud and Extort Funds Using Cryptowall Ransomware Schemes

    Learn about “Cyber Hygiene”. These basic steps can help organizations fight cyber attacks:

    • Count: Know what’s connect to and running on your network.
    • Configure: Implement key security settings to help protect your system.
    • Control: Limit and manage those who have admin privileges to change, bypass or override your security settings.
    • Patch: Regularly update all apps, software and operating systems.
    • Repeat: Regularize the top priorities to form a solid foundation of cyber security for your organization.


    Cyber Savvy Radio Public Service Announcement #1 (mp3)

    Cyber Savvy Radio Public Service Announcement #2 (mp3)


    ReadyWisconsin is an initiative of Wisconsin Emergency Management designed to educate and empower Wisconsinites to prepare for
    and respond to all kinds of emergencies including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.

    Wisconsin Emergency Management
    2400 Wright St.
    Madison, WI 53704
    Phone: 608.242.3232     Fax: 608.242.3247