Cybersecurity: A Shared Responsibility


It’s never too early – or too late – to educate people about safer online behavior. The world is more interconnected today than ever before. Government, private industry, educators, law enforcement, and especially you are needed to make the Internet a safer, more secure, environment.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and the Coast Guard is joining with the Department of Homeland Security and its partners across the country to highlight the importance of cybersecurity and online safety.

Understand the risks, learn how to spot potential problems, and consider how your online actions can impact everyone’s collective security. Online safety and security are shared responsibilities, and we each have an obligation to protect our identities and our information online.

Take these simple actions to protect your identity online:

• Set strong passwords with eight or more characters and a combination of numbers, letters, and symbols
• Don’t share passwords with anyone
• Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized by installing updates
• Limit the amount of personal information you share online
• 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

The Coast Guard is participating in NCSAM to do our part to make the Internet safer for everyone. For more information on NCSAM 2015, visit the NCSAM Portal page on the CGCYBER Portal.

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