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NCSAM Tip #3: What You Should Consider to be a Secure Password

…id before, but it is still very often neglected, passwords need to be chosen carefully. As part of the National Cyber Security Awareness Month Tips, we would like to suggest everyday users revisit their passwords in various systems and think if they are long and secure enough. Then come up with a rule of how they want to chose and maintain their passwords, and how to intermingle letters, words, numbers and special characters in a fashion that the…

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Will ‘good enough’ be enough? Take 2

…about when it becomes the lifeline for the power grid?It was a good article that you can find here: Smart grid security: Will ‘good enough’ be enough? It goes on to say that we should assume that the network has already been compromised, because if someone really want to get to you, they will. So how do we deal with the advanced persistent threats when we are talking about keeping the lights on? There are too many endpoints and doors…

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NCSAM Tip #2: Keeping Your Software Up-to-Date

As software manufacturers fix security vulnerabilities they will often release new versions of their software for their users. This is a good thing and aims to protect us from many potential online threats, such as trojans that steal our personal information, or scareware that serves no legitimate purpose. However, it begs the question: How do we users learn of this newer software so that we can be protected? Like most things, the answer is, of…

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NCSAM Tip #1: Social Networking Safety

In today’s Cyber Security Awareness Month Tip of the Day we revisit a past post to once again focus on the fact that millions of individuals are victims of their own carelessness by freely posting information such as vacation plans and family photos on social networks, and by storing Personally Identifiable Information (PII) such as medical records and financial information on mobile devices. Users are sometimes not sufficiently educated…

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Cisco Joins the National Cyber Security Awareness Month Party

…t Coast of the U.S.), the turning of the calendar page to October also means something else to all of us in the cyber security world.  October, 2011 marks the eighth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC).In support of this effort, Cisco will be posting a se…

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