Cyberattacks, fraud, identity theft, security breaches and malicious online attacks are major security risks to computer systems, networks and data. These cyber threats evolve in complexity and number of attacks. To increase cybersecurity awareness and help safeguard against online attacks, the City of Worcester collaborates with many organizations such as the MassCyberCenter at MassTech, MS-ISAC and the National Cyber Security Alliance in events and educational campaigns throughout the year. This includes National Cybersecurity Month along with other proactive efforts to increase cybersecurity awareness, eliminate vulnerabilities and share cyber response best practices and tools.
Since 2004, Cybersecurity Awareness Month has been a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure that all Americans have the information they need to stay safer and more secure online. Co-led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Cybersecurity Awareness Month has grown tremendously.
This year the overarching theme for the month is 'Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.' The line between our online and offline lives is indistinguishable. In these tech-fueled times, our homes, societal well-being, economic prosperity and nation's security are impacted by the internet.
The City of Worcester is proud to be an NCSA Champion and support this online safety and education initiative. Check back weekly for helpful cybersecurity resources.
The healthcare industry is increasingly relying upon internet-connected devices and solutions to improve patient care, organizational efficiency, speed of crisis response and much more. The emergence of telemedicine, digital health records, internet-connected medical devices, patient wellness apps and an increasing amount of third parties entering the health supply chain has created many benefits, but has also exposed the industry to vulnerabilities that cyber criminals regularly attempt to exploit. The third week of Cybersecurity Awareness Month will delve into the industry (hospitals, care facilities) and consumer (telemedicine patients), implications of internet-connected device use and what steps both can take do their part and #BeCyberSmart.
This section provides top tips and advice for Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Click on an action below to learn more!