National Cyber Security Awareness Month

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is nearlly upon us! October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. National Cyber Security Awareness month has been observed in the US since 2004. It is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cyber Security Division, and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). This year I decided to get in on the act, too, and do a daily blog post during October. Yes, that’s thirty-one posts in thirty-one days!

These posts are going to focus heavily on encryption of data-at-rest. Many of these will be in a how-to format that will be appropriate for entry-level users, but all of us (including me) will learn something. There will be a few other topics thrown in throughout the month to keep things interesting. Every week I’m going to throw in a topic about anonymous – or at least private – purchasing, and a few other topics will find their way in, as well.

If you would like to support this effort there are a couple things I would ask. First, please help get the word out! Tell your friends, your family, your neighbors, your co-workers. Next, I still have a couple of blank days on the calendar. If you have a topic that you would like to see covered, get in touch with me. Finally, participate by commenting on the posts. If you have information that I haven’t covered, it would almost certainly be beneficial to someone else, too. So please feel free to get it out there!

Thanks to all of you who read! I’m looking forward to kicking it off next weekend!

10 thoughts on “National Cyber Security Awareness Month”

  1. Justin, can’t wait to follow along. I sent this info out via a newsletter on my blog. I will pass the word and collect the links to redistribute there as well. Awaiting the kick off!

  2. Hi Justin,

    I found your blog thru a link from Greg Elliftitz about a month ago. I have devoured as much of your content as I could find! Your 30 Day Security Challenge contains fantastic information. I have passed it onto at least three other people who are working to implement the principles to one degree or another. Thank you for investing time to teach all of us!

    A potential topic suggestion: how to properly prepare store bought and sealed USB sticks. How secure are they? What kind of precautions need to be taken when using them, with regard to preloaded software?

    A question regarding informational removal. It was suggested to remove my information from http://www.optoutscreen.com. I began the process, but then became very uncomfortable with the amount of information they were requesting. Is this website a legitimate? Does it not confirm the information the company has on you to sell?

    Thanks for your willingness to share you knowledge.

    1. UKN,
      Thanks for writing in, and thank you for spreading the word – I really appreciate it!

      Excellent suggestion on store-bought USB drive security. I will get that on the schedule for late October or early November.

      With the second question – can you verify that link? I followed the one posted and it looks like the site is dead or dying. I would definitely be interested in checking out the site if you can confirm.

      Thanks again!
      Justin

    1. Good call…yeah, that seems more likely.
      I wouldn’t have too much of an issue providing information to this site and here’s why: it’s authorized by the credit reporting agencies. They know pretty much everything about you, anyway. The reason for the invasive questioning is to verify that you are who you say you are. On the other hand…
      I would recommend getting a credit freeze rather than doing this. A credit freeze will do everything that the “optoutprescreen” site will do, and a whole lot more. It will opt you out of all of this, plus prevent any release of your credit information, and any new lines of credit. Links for credit freezes are below:

      http://www.transunion.com/credit-freeze/place-credit-freeze
      https://www.freeze.equifax.com/Freeze/jsp/SFF_PersonalIDInfo.jsp
      https://www.experian.com/consumer/security_freeze.html

      I hope that helps. And if it turns out that’s NOT what you were asking about, feel free to reply!
      Thanks,
      Justin

  3. Justin,

    Thanks for the response and explaining why and how you can to your conclusion.

    I also have another topic for your consideration. Can you provide some information on anonymously using SIM cards in cell phones? I think I was listening to the SE podcast with Micheal Bazell and it was briefly mentioned that he had numerous SIM cards for different cell phone uses. Could you explain the usage or point to a reliable place obtain information on SIM card use.

    Thanks again for your willingness to share your knowledge.

    UNK 4

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