Wisconsin Emergency Management

Cyber Security Awareness Cyber Security Awareness

Live Cyber Savvy

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

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.

Creating a Culture of Cybersecurity at Work

Staying Protected While Always Connected

Use two-factor authentication: Help stop your email, financial data, and social networking sites from falling into the wrong hands. http://stopthinkconnect.org/2stepsahead

Secure your devices: Use strong passwords and codes or touch ID features to lock devices and keep personal information private

Talk to your kids about being online: Great free resources and videos:

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

Your Evolving Digital Life

  • Learn about “The Internet of Things” Security and the Internet of Things
  • Know the risks of mobile applications: Risks of Mobile Applications
  • Your connected home: Did you know that appliances such as your refrigerator will soon connect to the Internet? Create a guest network for those devices and keep an inventory list of each device on that network.
  • Beware of public WiFi: Cyber criminals can watch your screen and discover your passwords and other information.
  • Make passwords long, strong and unique: Combine capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols to create a more secure password.
  • Back it up: Protect anything you have saved on your computer (personal paperwork, music, photos, etc.) by making an electronic copy and storing it safely.

Building the Next Generation of Cyber Professionals

Great resources to bring Cyber Security career ideas to students:

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

Scams and Scoundrels

Safety Tips for Computer Users
Tips for Mobile Devices
Malware Wears Costumes, Too
Internet Of Things Poses Opportunities For Cyber Crime
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


Cyber Savvy Radio Public Service Announcement #1 (mp3)

Cyber Savvy Radio Public Service Announcement #2 (mp3)

Cyber Savvy Radio Public Service Announcement #3 (mp3)

Cyber Savvy Radio Public Service Announcement #4 (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