Cybercrime isn’t just targeted at companies in skyscrapers, distant cities, or your local business park.
It can happen to anyone in the “real world.” According to one industry report, identity thieves with access to sensitive data defrauded 15.4 million people of $16 billion in 2017. Cybercriminals target our family members, kids playing online games, parents posting awkwardly on social media, and grandparents trying to stay connected with the rest of the family. Anyone online, which tech research firm Cybersecurity Ventures predicts will be 90% of the world’ population six years and older by 2030, is fair game.
No matter the target, the goal is the same: manipulate vulnerable people into giving up their data to turn sensitive information into profit.
With this said, we think basic cybersecurity know-how is so important in today’s digital world that it should be taught right alongside Algebra and History. But until it is, it’s up to individuals and families to prioritize cybersecurity awareness at home.
Securing the Home Front
Home-led security awareness education is the surest way to stop common cyberthreats, including identity theft and stolen payment information, and can help protect the sensitive data of every family member, from grandma to Fido. To recognize Week 1 of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2018, we’ve put together our Make Your Home a Haven toolkit, which includes:
– A preview of our all-new Cyber Falls microsite, an interactive digital city designed to teach cybersecurity basics to users of all ages.
– 4 animations from MediaPRO on:
- The emerging risks in new technology (The Internet of Things)
- Basic password protection and hygiene (Password Protection)
- The dangers of public Wi-Fi and how to use it safely (Public Wi-Fi Safety)
- Common phishing attacks that you may see this coming holiday season (‘Tis the Season….For Phishing!)
– Our popular How to Spot a Phishy Email infographic
– The Online Cybersecurity Advice For All Digital Citizens tip sheet from our partners at STOP. THINK. CONNECT.
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Coordinated and led by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, NCSAM has grown exponentially since its inception, reaching consumers, small- and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation and internationally.