Cyber Security

All residents and public and private sector partners should be educated on cyber threats and how to safeguard themselves at home, work and school. Our critical infrastructure depends on information technology systems and computer networks for essential operations.

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    National Cyber Security Awareness Month

    October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. This campaign encourages people to protect their digital identities and information.

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Take the Cyber Security Pledge

What is It?
The Cyber Security Pledge campaign aims to raise awareness about staying safe online and encourages individuals to confirm their commitment to doing their part to keep cyber space safe.

When Can I Take the Pledge?
The national pledge campaign starts on September 10thand ends on October 31st.

Who Can Participate?
Everyone is encouraged to sign the Cyber Security Pledge and demonstrate the commitment to taking cyber security seriously. If we each pledge to do our part to make our piece of cyber space just a little bit more secure, we can truly make a difference in helping protect our nationʼs cyber security.

Take the Pledge (Campaign ends October 31, 2012)


Cookie: A small text file which keeps track of information about your browsing on a particular website; generally automatically created and stored on your computer.

Firewall: A security system, generally consisting of software or hardware, that works to keep malicious threats from attacking your computer.

Malware: Stands for Malicious Software or Code; includes any harmful code - trojans, worms, spyware, adware - that is designed to damage the computer or collect information

  • Adware: Displays unsolicited advertising on your computer.

  • Spyware: "Spies" on your computer activity by collecting information about you without your knowledge or consent; the program or code then sends the information back to its creator. Typically creates numerous pop-up ads, or may facilitate identity theft.

  • Trojan Horse: Disguises itself as another program, giving another user unauthorized access to your computer.

  • Virus: Self-replicating, attaches itself to other programs without your permission; can exhaust the memory of a computer or erase files.

Phishing: A criminal activity used to obtain personal information, such as passwords, bank account numbers, social security numbers, illegally.

Spam: Unsolicited messages delivered by electronic mail usually for commercial purposes - also known as "junk mail"

Additional Terms from i-SAFE »
McAfee Internet Security Glossary »

Stay Safe Online's STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

Stay Safe Online is part of the National Cyber Security Alliance, sponsored in part by the United States Department of Homeland Security. The following information is part of their internet security tips.
Stay Safe Online

When you cross the street, you look both ways so make sure it’s safe. Staying safe on the Internet is similar. It takes some common sense steps -- STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

  • STOP.  Before you use the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems.

  • THINK. Take a moment to be certain the path is clear ahead. Watch for warning signs and consider how your actions online could impact your safety, or your family’s.

  • CONNECT. Enjoy the Internet with greater confidence, knowing you’ve taken the right steps to safeguard yourself and your computer.

Protect yourself and help keep the web a safer place for everyone.

Tips for Staying Safe Online

All citizens can follow a few simple guidelines to keep themselves safe in cyberspace. In doing so, they not only protect their personal information but also contribute to the security of cyberspace.

  • Stay Protected and Updated
    Install anti-virus software, a firewall, and anti-spyware software to your computer; update as necessary. Also, make sure that your web browser and other computer programs are always up to date.

  • Be Smart with Personal Information
    Create strong passwords (unique, with capital and lowercase letters as well as numbers or symbols) on your electronic devices and change them often. Never record your password or provide it to someone else.

  • Own Your Social Media
    It's ok to limit what you share via your social media accounts. Become an expert on your social media provider's privacy settings, and know who you're sharing your information with. Report stolen identities to the Internet Crime Complaint Center or your local law enforcement as appropriate.
    Internet Crime Complaint Center »
    Tips for Social Networking Safety »

  • Store What's Important
    Back up important files, photos, music, or other digital items that are valuable to you. You can store your important data on an external hard drive, CDs, or by some other means that is separate from the copies physically on your computer.

  • Be Web-Savvy
    Ignore suspicious e-mail or links, and be wary of giving out your personal information. Only open attachments if you're expecting them and know what they contain. If an email or website is making you an offer that sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
    Tips for Mobile Devices »
    Tips for Email Security »

  • Protect Your Money
    Security enabled sites will have web addresses with "https://" or "shttp://". If you're banking, shopping, or making a payment online, realize that a "http://" is not a secure web address.
    Tips for Online Shopping »

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