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GEMA/HS recognizes National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

OCTOBER 01, 2020

(ATLANTA) – Technology often makes everyday life simpler, but it also makes it easier for criminals to perpetrate financial crimes through the theft of personal data and use of malicious software. The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) is recognizing October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and is encouraging citizens across the state to learn how to secure their information through computers, mobile phones and other devices. This year’s theme is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.”

“As technology continues to evolve, cyber attacks are becoming more common,” said GEMA/HS Director Chris Stallings. “Everyone is a potential target for cyber criminals, so it’s important to know how to protect yourself when you’re online.”

Each week is designated towards educating individuals and families on various tips to keep their information secure and free from hackers. The themes each week during Cybersecurity Awareness Month are:

October 1 and 2: Official NCSAM Kick-Off

Week 1 October 5-9: If you Connect It, Protect It

Week 2 October 12-16: Securing Devices at Home and Work

Week 3 October 19-23: Securing Internet-Connected Devices in Healthcare

Week 4 October 26-30: The Future of Connected Devices

Now in its 17th year, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a campaign implemented by the Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. For more information about National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and cybersecurity resources, visit https://www.cisa.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month.