As we close out the 15th Annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, Hg wants to highlight the overarching theme for this year:

Cybersecurity is our shared responsibility and we all must work together to improve our Nation’s cybersecurity. Cybersecurity is not just the responsibility of governments, companies, groups, or individuals. Everyone shares the responsibility for cybersecurity – from the average smartphone user to a corporate CEO.

While all of us in the cybersecurity industry put our clients’ cybersecurity needs at the forefront of our work, we would be lax not to urge all individuals to consider the importance of protecting yourself and loved ones when you are on the Internet. This includes what you post on social media, who sees your posts, and what personal data you share with other apps via Facebook, Instagram, and other platforms. This includes scrutinizing all emails you receive from unknown persons and entities, particularly if they are requesting that you send money. This includes running anti-virus scans on your PCs to prevent malware from hijacking your computer and personal information. This includes choosing passwords for online sites that only you would be able to know. And, finally, this includes protecting and securing your medical and health information when using your smartphone.

The DHS offers the The STOP. THINK. CONNECT. ™ Toolkit, which provides resources for all segments of the community, including Students K-8, 9-12, and UndergraduateParents and EducatorsYoung ProfessionalsOlder AmericansGovernmentIndustrySmall Businessand Law Enforcement.

October marks the month that we all heed cautions and update security settings. But it’s important to be vigilant every month of the year. At Hg, we take cybersecurity seriously, and we hope you will too. It’s our shared responsibility as Americans and citizens of our globalized world.

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