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I am pleased to join colleagues from across the DOE enterprise to mark the 16th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM).  DOE is proud to be a partner for NCSAM, which is led by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cyber Security Alliance. To kickoff NCSAM, we worked with our colleagues at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to produce a special video to share with you!

NCSAM 2019 will emphasize personal accountability and stress the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity at home and in the workplace. This year’s overall message is “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.” To maintain a solid cyber posture both at home and in the office, we must be vigilant at all times, including in our digital environments. We must put processes and security measures in place to prevent various types of cyber incidents. And we must take extra steps to ensure our information is safe everywhere it is used or stored.

DOE faces a wide range of threats, and that threat landscape continues to shift and grow, but this year I want to focus on a few key aspects where we can each make a big impact on our cybersecurity posture: mobile device security, phishing, and personal identifiable information.

Cybersecurity is weaved into our everyday lives. It can be a daunting task to revamp your habits. But it doesn’t have to be an abstract, unattainable goal.  Start with these best practices:

  • Double your login protection – enable two factor authentication wherever it is available
  • Shape up your password protocol – use long passphrases, use phonetic replacements, don’t reuse passwords, don’t share your passwords with anyone, and use a password manager
  • If you connect, you must protect – update to the latest security software, web browser and operating system—don’t ignore those updates!
  • Play hard to get with strangers – spot and avoid phishing by not clicking on links. Try now! Hover over this useful link. Does it look suspicious? It’s a link to the NCSAM Phishing Tips published by NICCS. It’s safe, but it’s good that you checked!
  • Never click and tell – limit which information you post on social media, from personal addresses to where you like to grab coffee. Disable location services that allow anyone to see where you are
  • Keep tabs on your taps – always download apps from a trusted source, beware of fake access points (Wi-Fi) that look like networks but are actually traps that trick users in high-traffic public locations.

Don’t stop there! Share these resources with your community. Also, stay connected with DOE NCSAM activities by following our Twitter handle @ENERGY.