October 2020 Newsletter
Issue 4
October 30, 2020
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month!
The final week of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) explores the future of Internet-connected devices. How technological innovations–such as 5G–might impact consumers’ and businesses’ online experiences (e.g. faster speeds and data transmission, and larger attack surfaces for cybercriminals). How can people and infrastructure adapt to the continuous evolution of Internet-connected devices moving forward? Not only is it necessary to safeguard our personal devices, but all the devices we interact with. No matter what the future brings, everyone needs to be to do their part and #BeCyberSmart to ensure the safety of cyberspace.

The internet touches all aspects of our daily lives. We are able to shop, bank, connect with family and friends, and handle our medical records all online. These activities require you to provide personally identifiable information such as your name, date of birth, account numbers, passwords, and location information. Be Cyber Smart when sharing personal information online to reduce the risk of becoming a cybercrimes victim.

As technology continues to innovate and advance, here are some tips to stay reminded when on devices:
  • Play hard to get with strangers. Cyber criminals use phishing tactics hoping to fool their victims in order to receive information. If you’re unsure who an email is from, even if the details appear accurate, do not click on any links or attachments found in that email.
  • Keep tabs on your apps. Your mobile device could be running apps in the background, using default permissions you never realized you approved – gathering your personal information without your knowledge, putting your identity and privacy at risk. Check your app permissions and learn to say “no” to privilege requests that don’t make sense.
  • Stay protected while connected. Before connecting to a public wireless hotspot, be sure to confirm the name of the network and procedures to ensure the network is legitimate. Only use sites that begin with https:// when online shopping or banking.

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Cyber Readiness for the Hybrid Workplace
On Thursday, Oct. 29, CyberHawaii partnered with the Cyber Readiness Institute to host Cyber Readiness for the Hybrid (Remote-Office) Workplace the first webinar in a two-part series, focusing on the sustainable cyber readiness habits for a hybrid workplace. Local and national cyber experts discussed good cyber habits, implementing policies people will follow and how we think of technology as devices, connection and data.

Featured experts included: Craig Moss, director, content and tool development at Cyber Readiness Institute; Maverick Fernandes, director, information security office at Kamehameha Schools; and Tim Minick, director of information technology at Pacific Guardian Life.

To watch the full webinar, click here. Stay connected for more information on the second webinar in November.

Mahalo to our community partners
Hawaii Small Business Development Center, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, Hawaii Island Economic Development Board, Maui Economic Development Board and Hawaii Business Roundtable.
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