Cyber Security Tips

October 2013
Volume 8, Issue 10

Take the CIS Cyber Security Pledge! - pdf

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From the Desk of Thomas D. Smith, Chief Information Security Officer

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month!

In recognition of October Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Center for Internet Security has launched a
National Cyber Security Pledge for the month of October.

By signing the National Cyber Security Pledge, you are affirming that you will take cyber security seriously
and use safe computing practices both at home and at work.

National Cyber Pledge

I will:

  • take personal responsibility for security and use good security practices
  • pause and think about the risks before I connect to the Internet
  • lock my computer or laptop when unattended
  • protect my mobile device by activating security features such as using a password and anti-lock, antivirus
  • software, and remote wipe
  • use strong passwords and create a separate one for each account
  • never share my password
  • follow my organization's policy and promptly report all security incidents or concerns to my
  • organization's security and/or IT office
  • safeguard sensitive data from any inappropriate disclosure
  • never post personal, sensitive, or non-public information on social media
  • never participate in any cyber bullying activities
  • raise awareness of good security practices among my family, friends, colleagues, and community

Please join thousands of other individuals across the country that are taking the pledge and asserting their
commitment to online safety by visiting:

After you sign the pledge, please encourage your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors to do the same! 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 nation's cyber assets.

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The information provided in the Monthly Security Tips Newsletters is intended to increase the security awareness of an organization's end users and to help them behave in a more secure manner within their work environment.  While some of the tips may relate to maintaining a home computer, the increased awareness is intended to help improve the organization's overall cyber security posture. This is especially critical if employees access their work network from their home computer. Organizations have permission and are encouraged to brand and redistribute this newsletter in whole for educational, non-commercial purposes.

Deborah A. Snyder

Acting Chief Information Security Officer


Cyber Security