10/16/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/16/2020 09:24
DISA highlights safety during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
by Jennifer Singleton
DISA Strategic Communication and Public Affairs
As the nation's premier information technology combat support agency and trusted provider to connect and protect the warfighter in cyberspace, DISA is marking National Cybersecurity Awareness Month by sharing tips and resources to remind its global workforce of the role it plays in defending against cybersecurity threats.
This year's theme, 'Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart,' aims to help individuals implement the appropriate cybersecurity practices at work and at home by highlighting the tricks scammers and hackers use to steal personal information and infiltrate computer networks.
National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, observed each October, highlights a different security theme each week and offers tips to avoid a variety of unique cyber threats. Themes this year include securing devices at home and at work, and staying secure while teleworking.
'Throughout October, we will share information on our website, public.cyber.mil, as well as on our social media platforms which include Facebook and Twitter,' said David Still, DISA's cybersecurity awareness project manager.
Expanded telework during the COVID-19 pandemic present increased opportunities for stealing sensitive data or spreading malicious software. Common methods include sending links to fake job offers via email, an example of a 'phishing' attempt and phony emails appearing to come from a colleague targeted to senior leaders, an example of 'whaling.'
According to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, cyber fraud increased 20% during the first three months of 2020 as cyber criminals took advantage of the global pandemic.
Cybercrimes are costly, with an estimated $3.5 billion lost globally in 2019, according to CISA.
'Every day, our adversaries actively seek to harm our nation and its standing in the world by constantly attacking us in the cyber domain,' said DISA Director and Joint Force Headquarters - Department of Defense Information Network Commander Navy Vice Adm. Nancy A. Norton. 'Whether from nation-states, cybercriminals or sport-hackers, our ability to rapidly identify and secure cyber vulnerabilities and defend our cyber terrain from threats is critical to increasing lethality and operating effectively across all warfighting domains.'
While DISA works to prevent hackers and other cybercriminals from disrupting crucial networks necessary to protect the warfighter and the nation, individuals are also responsible to ensure collective safety in cyberspace.
Tips to help guard against cyber-attacks at work and home include:
National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, launched in 2004, is a joint effort between government and industry to raise cybersecurity awareness and to ensure individuals have the resources they need to be safe and secure while online.
For more information on cybersecurity best practices, visit public.cyber.mil.
Posted October 16, 2020