BRIEF: October Is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

News Release

October 19, 2018

October Is Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Governor Doug Ducey has proclaimed October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Cybersecurity continues to be a major priority in order to protect Arizonans as our economy and society evolve in the 21st century.  Arizona is home to leading tech professionals and cybersecurity experts, who work tirelessly to protect the privacy and identity of residents in our state and across the US. Cybersecurity Awareness Month provides an opportunity to increase public awareness of cyber hygiene best practices across Arizona. 

The Arizona Cybersecurity Team: Leading On Cybersecurity
Earlier this year, Governor Ducey formed the Arizona Cybersecurity Team (ACT) comprised of subject matter experts dedicated to continuous improvement initiatives to help protect all Arizonans from cyber attacks, enhance cybersecurity workforce development, and increase public awareness of cybersecurity and ‘cyber hygiene’ best practices. The Arizona Cybersecurity Team consists of representatives from government, the private sector, law enforcement, non-profit organizations, and higher education as well as members of the public to more comprehensively address cybersecurity issues statewide.

Arizona is home to top-level cybersecurity education, and our institutions are paving the way for cybersecurity education, preparing the workforce for entry into the 21st-century job market.

Cyber Hygiene Best Practices
Cyberspace connects us to a world of opportunity, but this global connection means cyber hygiene is more important than ever before. Practicing simple cybersecurity habits not only protects you but everyone you are connected to on the web. Every cyber user plays a vital role in protecting our community from cyber attacks.

Here are a few ways to protect our families, our communities, and ourselves in cyberspace:

  • Create original passwords with a mix of numbers, letters, and characters.
  • Don’t use the same password for multiple accounts.
  • Use dual authentication on devices and account when available.
  • Sign out of your accounts and devices when not in use.
  • Don’t click on links in emails unless you know the sender and trust the link.
  • Report any suspicious links or emails to your IT department and/or the ACTIC