As increasing cyber threats challenge the nation’s infrastructure, such as power plants, power lines and emergency response systems, Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington and the Washington State Attorney General’s Office encourage businesses and consumers to take precautions in resisting cyber intrusions.
As part of National Cyber Security Awareness month the AGO and BBB have partnered with STOP.THINK.CONNECT.™ in an effort to help protect critical infrastructure.
According to a recent presidential Executive Order, repeat cyber threats continue to occur and represent a serious national security challenge. BBB and the AGO believe that promoting safety and privacy is fundamental in protecting the quality of life that American consumers value.
What to do Moving Forward:
- Keep clean computers. Unknown outside programs can open security vulnerabilities in home or business networks. Only install known and secure programs and keep computers clean by using reputable anti-virus software.
- Follow good password practices. Make passwords long and strong, with a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols; change passwords routinely and always keep them private.
- When in doubt, throw it out. Never open suspicious links in emails, tweets, social media posts, online ads, messages or attachments. Learn how to utilize spam filters and how to prevent unwanted, harmful emails.
- Stay watchful and speak up. Stay vigilant and report unusual behaviors—on office computers or home computers.
Visit BBB’s Facebook page and the AGO’s Internet Safety page for more cyber security information. STOP.THINK.CONNECT.™ is a global cyber security awareness campaign that aims to build a workforce of cyber security professionals who are empowered to defend networks and combat cybercrime. The AGO and BBB encourage Internet users to Get Involved and take action during National Cyber Security Awareness Month.