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Are You Secure?

man using computerSony, Target, Home Depot, Yahoo and even the U.S. Office of Personnel Management have all been attacked by cybercriminals. Let’s face it: In today’s world, the cybersecurity threats facing our nation can seem overwhelming – and downright scary. Cybersecurity, specifically the protection and security of consumer-members’ assets and the nation’s complex, interconnected network of power plants, transmission lines and distribution facilities is a top priority for electric cooperatives and other segments of the electric power industry.

This October, Cass County Electric Cooperative is participating in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). Since its inception under leadership from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, NCSAM has grown exponentially, reaching consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation. By raising awareness and understanding of basic cybersecurity practices, we can all work together to combat cyberthreats. CCEC invites you to join us in recognizing NCSAM and the ever-growing importance of cyber security.

You have a role to play in ensuring the security of your personal and professional data. Use the tips below to safeguard your devices and information:

  • Keep all software on internet-connected devices – including PCs, tablets, and smartphones – up to date to reduce risk of infection from malware.
  • Create long passwords with a mix of capital letters, numbers, and symbols that only you will remember, and change them at least every six months. Remember, a strong password is at least 12 characters long.
  • Avoid the use of thumb drives and other portable memory devices.
  • Don’t click on weblinks or attached files in emails when you’re not certain of who the sender is.
  • Keep pace with new ways to stay safe online. Check trusted websites for the latest information. Share security tips with friends, family and colleagues, and encourage them to be web wise.

We hope you will join us in raising cybersecurity awareness. Use and follow #cyberaware on social media to show and share your support. To learn more about NCSAM, visit www.staysafeonline.org.

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