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Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Anne Matthews News

Southwestern Oregon Community College is committed to promoting online safety and privacy during Cybersecurity Awareness Month, held annually in October. The college joins with other businesses, government agencies and organizations committed to this year’s theme of ‘Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.’

“With our students and staff learning in a virtual environment now more than ever before, cybersecurity needs to be top of mind for us all,” said Integrated Technology Director Carl Gerisch. “This month is about highlighting ways we can all improve our ‘security hygiene’ and keep cybersecure.”

Our phones, computers and other connected devices are an integral part of how we communicate on a daily basis. Data collected from these devices can detail highly specific information about a person or business which can be exploited by bad actors for their personal gain. Cybersecurity Awareness Month aims to shed light on these security vulnerabilities, while offering guidance surrounding simple security measures to limit the susceptibility of threats for commonly used devices.

If everyone does their part – implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating vulnerable audiences or training employees – our interconnected world will be safer and more resilient for everyone.

For more information about Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2020 and how to participate in a wide variety of activities, visit staysafeonline.org/cybersecurity-awareness-month/. You can also follow and use the official hashtag #BeCyberSmart on social media throughout the month.

If Cybersecurity sounds like a fascinating career, check out Southwestern’s Cybersecurity degree pathway on our website. To learn more, make an appointment to speak with an advisor at 541-888-7405.