October 16, 2015

October is cybersecurity awareness month

President Obama has designated October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
To participate, the Wing Cybersecurity Office plans to send out periodic announcements that are relevant and relatable to the everyday user. The awareness campaign will educate users on threats, how-to protection, and best practices to foster attentive home and work computer use.

What is Cybersecurity?
Cybersecurity focuses on protecting computers, networks, programs and data from unintended or unauthorized access, change or destruction.

Why is Cybersecurity Important?
Governments, military, corporations, financial institutions, hospitals and other businesses collect, process and store a great deal of confidential information on computers and transmit that data across networks to other computers. With the growing volume and sophistication of cyber-attacks, ongoing attention is required to protect sensitive business and personal information, as well as safeguard national security.

In addition, please take note of the updated Cybersecurity/Information Assurance terminology. The following are some important changes:
* Wing Cybersecurity Office (WCO) formerly known as Wing Information Assurance Office (WIAO)
* Cybersecurity Liaison (CSL) formerly known as Information Assurance Officer (IAO)
* TEMPEST formerly known as EMSEC (Emissions Security)
* Assessment & Authorization (A&A) formerly known as Certification & Accreditation (C&A)
* Information System Security Manager (ISSM) formerly known as Information Assurance Manager (IAM)
* Authorizing Official (AO) formerly known as Designated Approving Authority (DAA)

For more information about National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, you can visit

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