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Cyber Security Awareness

City of Pharr National Cyber Security Awareness Month Proclamation October 2018

The City of Pharr is proud to participate in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2018. Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility that affects all Americans, and everyone plays a part in keeping the Internet safe.

Throughout October, we will highlight the issue of cybersecurity on our social media posts. We hope you will join our efforts to promote this issue. Online safety and security are shared responsibilities; together we can positively impact our online community.

Please take these simple actions to help keep you, your identity, and your information safer online:

•  Set strong passwords and don’t share them with anyone.
•  Enable multi-factor authentication on your sensitive accounts. This requires you to use an additional piece of information to verify your identity (such as a PIN sent to your mobile device) to provide an added layer of security.
•  Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized by installing updates.
•  Maintain an open dialogue with your family, friends, and community about Internet safety.
•  Limit the amount of personal information you post online and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely.
•  Be cautious about what you receive or read online—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

For additional tips and resources, visit www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect.

Public Training
Public Training

The City of Pharr Innovation & Technology department provided a Security Awareness Training for the public on 10/17/2018, click download now to view.

Stop.Think.Connect
Stop.Think.Connect

National public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online.

StaySafeOnline.org
StaySafeOnline.org

The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) builds strong partnerships to create education to users at home, work and school to keep sensitive information safe and secure.

OnGuardOnline.gov
OnGuardOnline.gov

Check out the FTC’s free online security tips and resources, and share with your friends, family, coworkers, and community. Click the link below for more information on how to stay safe while online.

FTC Promotes Resources to Prevent Cyberbullying
FTC Promotes Resources to Prevent Cyberbullying

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an announcement on the importance of addressing cyberbullying. See below for details.

US-CERT.gov
US-CERT.gov

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) shares cybersecurity tips and best practices, responds to cyber incidents, and provides specialized software tools

MSISAC.org
MSISAC.org

The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) comprises members of all 50 states, U.S. territories and districts, and provides downloadable awareness materials.

NIST.gov
NIST.gov

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provide security resources and oversees guidance on setting security configuration of operating systems and applications.

Videos

Computer Security
Computer Security

There’s a lot you can do to protect yourself and your computer from scammers, hackers, and identity thieves. Start by keeping your computer software up-to-date.

Public Wi-Fi Networks
Public Wi-Fi Networks

Wi-Fi hotspots — like the ones in coffee shops, airports, and hotels — are convenient, but they often aren’t secure. Use these tips to help protect your personal information.

Protect Your Computer from Malware
Protect Your Computer from Malware

Malware is short for “malicious software.” It includes viruses and spyware that get installed on your computer or mobile device without your consent.

Federal Trade Commission Publications

Heads Up: Stop. Think. Connect.

The internet offers a world of opportunities, but they come with certain risks. This booklet for kids helps them socialize online safely.

Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online

The best thing parents can do to protect their kids online? Talk to them. This guide can help. It covers topics like social media, mobile devices, cyberbullying, and computer security.

Start with Security: A Guide for Business

The FTC’s 50+ data security settlements offer guidance for businesses on how to keep sensitive information safer. Start with Security synthesizes those cases into 10 practical lessons adaptable to companies of any size and in any sector.

Careful Connections: Building Security in the Internet of Things

Does your business sell connected products that are part of the burgeoning Internet of Things? The FTC has tips about building security in from scratch through testing, proper authentication, sensible default settings, and other “defense-in-depth” strategies.

Identity Theft – A Recovery Plan

This booklet is the FTC’s updated guide for victims of identity theft, including to-do lists, forms, and sample letters. It also promotes IdentityTheft.gov, the FTC’s website for identity theft victims.

Cybersecurity for Small Business

Knowing some cybersecurity basics and putting them in practice will help you protect your business and reduce the risk of a cyber attack.