Practice Safe Cyber

​​​​​​​​​​October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month


Staying safe in our cyber-connected world is a constant challenge. Threats are everywhere: scammers, hackers, predators and thieves are actively working to steal personal information, access accounts and take advantage of people.

  • According to the 2017 Unisys Security Index, more Americans are seriously concerned about identity theft (61%) and bankcard fraud (58%) than they are about their own personal safety (39%).

We want to assist residents in their efforts to protect themselves and their families online by practicing safe cyber. 

In partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance. National Cyber Security Awareness Month was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure that all Americans have the information they need to stay safer, more secure and to protect their personal information online. ​​ ​​

Each week in October is dedicated to a topic of importance to consumers and businesses bringing attention to critical cybersecurity issues, such as the impact of new technologies and connected devices on personal security and maintaining cyber secure workplaces.​  ​

​​Cyber Security at Work

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An organization’s online safety and security are a responsibility every employee shares. ​Today all workplaces face the growing risk of cyberattacks. No matter where you are employed - whether it’s at corporate headquarters, a downtown restaurant, hospital, government agency or school - online safety and security are a responsibility we all share. ​ 

Regardless of a business’s size, it's critical to take measures to help prevent attacks and have a set plan ready to go if one does occur. Across the board, the National Cyber Security Alliance recommends a top-down approach to creating a culture of cybersecurity in the workplace. The following steps, developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology​​, can assist employeers with formulating a plan to keep their business cybersecure: 



​​Identify - Conduct an inventory of your most valuable assets – the “crown jewels” of greatest importance to your business and of most value to criminals – such as employee, customer and payment data. 

Protect - Assess what protective measures you need in place to defend the organization as much as possible against a cyber incident. 

Detect - Have systems set up that would alert you if an incident occurs, including the ability for employees to report problems. 

Respond - Make and practice an incidence response plan to contain an attack and maintain business operations in the short term. 

Recover - Know what to do to return to normal business operations after an incident or breach, including assessing any legal obligations.

As the lines between our work and daily lives become increasingly blurred, it is more important than ever to be certain that smart cybersecurity carries over between the two.​ A culture of cybersecurity in your organization includes all employees knowing how to protect themselves and the business from online threats.

The City of Virginia Beach is a National Cyber Security Awareness Champion

1.png​​​The National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) Champion program is a way to officially show your support. Champions represent those dedicated to promoting a safer, more secure and more trusted internet. Being a Champion is easy and does not require any financial support.  

NCSAM Champions include companies and organizations of all sizes, schools and school districts, colleges and universities, nonprofits, government organizations and individuals​. Information on how to become a National Cyber Security Awareness Champion can be found at the Stay Safe Online website​. ​

The City's Cyber Security Awareness campaign will be an ongoing initiative throughout the year. 

Each month will focus on a different cyber security theme and information will be posted here, and on the City's social media platforms. We will work with our local community groups, schools, law enforcement and military partners, business associations and media outlets to help spread the word. There will be something here for everyone: young and not-so-young, parents, teens, small business owners.

Virginia Beach is safest in crime. Let's be safest online by practicing safe cyber.  

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