Protect the Old Folks! It’s National CyberSecurity Awareness Month

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Turns out that October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. I’ve missed most of it, but am excited that a focus is being put onto Cybersecurity. I’m not sure how it being led by the government ties into everything as they can access pretty much everything…but I do like the focus 🙂 I learned about it scrolling through and I email I received being FEMA’s mailing list.

To learn more about it, you can read FEMA’s announcement and the full Presidential Proclamation for more details. THe Department of Homeland Security has a Stop. Think. Connect campaign that offers tools to help citizens make smart decisions. I have a neighbor that literally gave his retirement away (probably in his 70’s) by sending $150k to Nigeria. He fully believes he will get that money back, and that he is an ambassador to Guam national refugees whose parents are war criminals so they have a lot of money and no where to go. I have known him for a few years now, and nothing I do proves anything different to him. It’s pretty sad. He’ll forward me emails that are from IDK some government email address, then I send him an email from that same email address to show him anyone can do that, but he still holds out hope. I guess he has to.

There are a lot of resources on the website. It is nice that people may be proactive and use them to educate and inform their family, friends, neighborhoods and more. Protect the old folks!

If programs like this save one person from an experience like that, then I’m glad they’re out there. Now, how much we spent via taxes to pay for the jobs, time, people, resources, etc. to create the program – I wonder if it was an efficient use of  money and how productive the people involved were.

Today is October 24th – looking at the Virtual Events Calendar, I find that today is Cyber Threat Summit 2013 . There are tons of resources. Go check them out. I don’t have time right now, but added this to save the links so I can come back later and explore 😉


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