The 30th of November serves as the annual date to celebrate National Computer Security Day. Now is a great time to stress the importance of everyone taking steps to protect the data stored on their personal computers, smartphones, and tablets. That includes passwords, the websites we access, and the apps we use.
Everybody is feeling the effects of the rising tide of cybercrime. There has been a rise in ransomware and other forms of malware that can steal data or even bring down an entire company.
We propose the slogan “Think Before You Click” for this year as a gentle reminder to all Internet users to pause and consider their actions before taking any further action.
History Of National Computer Security Day
There are new reports of cyber security breaches seemingly every day. Maintaining online security for individuals and businesses is a major concern for people everywhere. On this day dedicated to promoting the safe and secure use of computers, it is at the forefront of our minds. Intriguing events transpired to create National Computer Security Awareness Day.
The researchers at Cornell University discovered an unidentified virus in their networks on November 2, 1988. Several other university systems and the ARPANET (an early version of today’s internet) were infected with the “Morris worm” virus within just four hours of its discovery.
A week and a half later, two DARPA computer specialists suggested setting up a “National Computer Infection Action Team” (NCAT) to deal with attacks around the clock.
On November 14th, the Computer Emergency Response Team was established by the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), a research center affiliated with Carnegie Mellon University.
Awareness of cybercrime and viruses prompted the establishment of National Computer Security Day in 1988 by the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) Special Interest Group on Security, Audit, and Control.
November 30 was selected for CSD so that attention on computer security would remain high during the holiday season, when people are typically more focused on the hectic shopping season than thwarting security threats, according to a 2004 “Networld” article.
In 2003, CERT collaborated with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to establish the National Cyber Awareness System.
are similar. Individuals must take preventative measures to ensure their safety while using the Internet. This month is dedicated to learning about basic precautions you can take to keep yourself safe while using the internet.
How To Celebrate National Computer Security Day
The most self-evident way to observe Computer Security Day is to take extra precautions to safeguard your digital assets, including your personal computer, mobile devices, and cloud storage. Having robust passwords and updating them regularly is a must for online security,
as it lowers the likelihood of sensitive information being compromised. A password manager can generate random passwords and store them so you don’t have to remember them if you aren’t the type of person who is good at coming up with strong passwords (and let’s be honest, some of us aren’t).
Passwords become progressively more challenging to crack the longer they are and one strategy is to use a combination of upper- and lowercase letters along with symbols. The fact that “123456” and “password” are still among the most commonly used
passwords after all these years is surprising. And don’t re-use the same password for every account you have online; this makes it so that if someone breaches one of your accounts, they can break into them all. No, that’s a terrible plan. Passwords should be robust, unique, and changed frequently.
Encrypting and backing up your data is another way to celebrate National Computer Security Day. There should be a setting on your device that allows you to encrypt all of your files; if not, you can always use an external hard drive,
USB drive, or one of the many online cloud storage options. While Google Drive is the most well-known, it is far from the only service of its kind to offer encrypted storage. In addition, the majority of cloud storage services offer free accounts with limited space.
Keep Your Backups Offline
Companies should heed the advice to store backups away from the main network. If you keep your data in separate locations, you can rest assured that your backups will be safe from ransomware attacks that look through all of your connected devices.
Ransomware affects everyone equally. Attacks on individuals continue to happen, despite the fact that there are increasingly targeted attacks against large organizations in order to demand greater sums of money.
Disconnect from your cloud-based backup and turn it on only when you really need to. If you’re “old school” and still prefer backing up to an external storage unit,
make sure to remove it from your computer whenever it’s not in use. This easy measure can help you avoid becoming a complete victim of ransomware.
Shut Down Unused Computers
It’s common practice for people to leave their computers on 24/7. This guarantees that they will be prepared to use it at any moment. This made perfect sense when computers were much simpler, with slower processors and spinning disks. While it’s true that modern computers don’t take “forever” to boot up, leaving one on permanently leaves it vulnerable to attacks via open ports.
Using a vulnerability management system like Tripwire’s IP360 simplifies the process of monitoring and managing ports in a business setting, but the average person doesn’t typically worry about the security of their home network’s open ports.
Turning off computers that aren’t being used is a quick and easy fix. Setting the computer to enter a low-power mode after a predetermined amount of inactivity is another viable option.
Turning off an idle computer can save energy, and money, and reduce wear on the components, but there are differing opinions on this. One should consider their own habits and thoughts on the subject before making a decision.
Each year on November 30th, a subset of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) organises National Computer Security Day to educate the public about the growing dangers posed by cyber attacks.