October was Cybersecurity Awareness Month and this year's theme was 'See Yourself in Cyber.' What this means is each of us plays a role in protecting ourselves online and protecting our information. It also demonstrates while we may think cybersecurity is a complex subject, it's really about people. This year's focus is on helping us make smart decisions at home, at work and in our community.
Cybercrime is rampant today. The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received almost eight hundred thousand complaints in 2020 of suspected Internet crime with reported losses of over four billion dollars. STOP. THINK. CONNECT. is a national initiative began in 2009 to help computer users with all levels of experience gain the confidence they need to use online resources safely. Using these three words, we can identify areas where we want to exercise caution and awareness of exactly what information is being shared, why we're sharing it and whether it needs to be shared at all.