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Do your part – be Cyber smart!

1 October 2020
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October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, which provides us with an opportunity to learn about good cyber security practices and to remind ourselves of how to protect ourselves from cyber security threats.

We’re all at risk of being a victim to cyber criminals and we all have a role to play in ensuring our interconnected world will be safer and more resilient for everyone. Empower your friends, colleagues and family to Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart

Are you aware of the threats posed by cyber criminals?

Cybercriminals cast wide nets with ‘phishing’ tactics, hoping to drag in victims. They may offer a financial reward, threaten you if you don’t engage, or claim that someone is in need of help. Stop, take a moment, and think before you click. #BeCyberSmart

Cyber criminals are also sadly using the Covid-19 pandemic as a way to target people and catch them out.

New videos to help awareness of staying safe online

Our Information Security team has produced a suite of videos to improve awareness of cyber security.

The ‘Strong passwords’ video covers how simple it can be to create a strong password and how easy it can be for weak ones to be hacked.

The Multi-factor authentication video describes a security system requiring an individual to provide two or more forms of identification in order to validate their identity for a login or other transaction

Colin Williams, Information Security Manager, said: “Everyone has a responsibility to keep their information secure.  Good, secure practices can be easily implemented. The videos are short, simple tools that explain the key threats and are a great way to convey the messages to stay safe online.”

For more information about Cyber Security Awareness month visit the National Cyber security Alliance website.

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