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Cyber Security Awareness
So much of what we do these days is directly connected to technology. The internet offers a whole new environment to explore, learn and live; but with these new opportunities, there is also growing risk. BCTS wants to help you in protecting your cyber world while you are at home, on the go, and at your workplace.

We've listed several links below to some excellent cyber security resources. All you have to do is take a moment to equip yourself with some cyber security know-how!

FBI - National Cyber Security Awareness Month - this FBI page will give you a quick overview of some of the most common cyber threats we are currently facing - not to mention, its the FBI! What resource could be cooler than that?

Center for Internet Security - Cyber Guidebook for Counties - an inside look at what the County cyber techies are reading. Interesting fact: 1.5 million adults become victims of cybercrime every day! And something that isn't in your normal county budget......the average cost for each record lost or breached is $194, that adds up when you know that "94 million records containing personally identifiable information" was breached between 2009 and 2012. - from the National Cyber Security Alliance, this website is dedicated to helping you and your family learn about online security and safety. Has a lot of helpful kid-friendly resources, activities and adventures to assist parents and teachers in showing children cybersmart concepts!

Stop, Think, Connect project for global, online safety education. Tips and Advice on being CyberAware and gives safety tips for mobile devices.

National Association of Counties - Kidnapping Computer's and System's Data; Lastest Hacker Gig. A short article on ransomware - a type of malicious software designed to block access to your computer system until you pay a ransom. Also lists the NACO's Cybersecurity Awareness Month Events.

This list will grow and change during the month of October so keep checking back!

Cyber Security is important for everyone. Each of us can do our part in protecting ourselves, our families, our community and our work places.

Cyber Security PowerPoint - this powerpoint presentation will give you a closer look at the types of cyber security threats, who is behind cyber attacks and why cyber security is becoming more important.

There are several key steps to doing your part to protect yourself:
  1. Secure your passwords.
    • Never share passwords with anyone. If your password becomes known, change it immediately.
    • Use complex passwords (phrases such as “I like 2 fish on Lake Michigan”).
    • Consider password management tools like LastPass, 1Password or Keepass.
    • Regularly change your passwords, and don’t use the same password everywhere.
    • Make sure your password is complex. You can test it at:
  2. Secure your Mobile Device.
    • Put a “PIN” or password on your smartphone or tablet
    • If you use a Google Android device, install anti-virus on it such as AVG (free)
  3. Secure your Home PC/laptop.
    • Make sure your home PC has the latest patches and updates.
    • Make sure your home PC has anti-virus such as
      • Free tools: Microsoft Security Essentials, AVAST or AVG.
      • Paid tools: McAfee, Symantec or Kaspersky.
    • Make backups using external devices or online services like CrashPlan or Carbonite.
  4. Change the default userids and passwords on all devices (babycams, routers, TVs, security systems and so on).
  5. Consider personal identity protection such as: Lifelock, IdentityGuard, or LegalShield. If you can't afford these services, research doing it yourself.
  6. Learn about cyber risks, and educate your friends and family.
If you aren’t comfortable fixing your own computer, smartphone or tablet, find someone you trust to help you.

Here are some additional guides on how to secure yourself at home and work:

♦ Secure Self - A few steps you can take to protect yourself.

♦ Email Security - Improve your security when using email.

♦ Password Security - The key to your home, bank account and identity!

♦ Encrypted Email - If you are dealing with sensitive information, send it by encrypted email.

♦ Secure File Transfer (SFTP) - Transfer large files or transfer files that need to be encrypted.

If you need assistance with any of these processes, please contact the Help Desk at 448-4030.