October 1, 2020
Houston Recognizes October as Cyber Security Awareness Month: Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.
The City of Houston’s Office of Emergency Management is recognizing October as Cyber Security Awareness Month. Houstonians are encouraged to follow this year’s theme of “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” and learn how to secure their information through computers, mobile phones, and other devices.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, technology has helped alleviate the separation of social distancing and maintain normalcy. Technology, however, also comes with its own sets of risks as criminals can more easily steal personal data and use malicious software.
“As we use our digital devices more than ever, Houstonians must be vigilant. Everyone is a potential target for cyber attacks, which are only growing in frequency,” said George Buenik, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security. “This Cyber Security Month, we want residents to know how to prepare and deal with these threats.”
Each week in October is designated towards educating individuals and families on various ways to keep their information secure and safe from hackers. This year’s themes are:
Oct. 5-11: If You Connect It, Protect It
Oct. 12-18: Securing Devices at Home and Work
Oct. 19-25: Securing Internet-Connected Devices in Healthcare
Oct. 26-31: The Future of Connected Devices
For tips and tools to get your family and community cyber prepared, visit cisa.gov/ncsam. Additional preparedness information is also available at houstonoem.org.