Govplace is proud to participate in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), a joint effort between the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) to raise cybersecurity awareness nationally and internationally. Now in its 19th year, NCSAM continues to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across our Nation, ensuring that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online.
Cyberattacks are a threat to national security, affecting small and large businesses and individuals. We all must do our part to secure corporate data and personally identifiable information and reduce the risk of cyberattacks.
The most commonly known cyber threats are typically in the form of malware, DNS tunneling, SQL injection attack, password attack or phising, among other digital channels. However, cyberattacks don’t exclusively come from the internet, and malware can easily hide on data storage devices we trust and use daily. Physical cyberattacks use hardware, external storage devices or other physical types of attacks to infect, damage or otherwise compromise digital systems. The attack can hitch a ride on USB storage devices or flash drives, CDs, hard copies of video games and Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as smartphones, smart watches and even signal devices such as key fobs.
These types of attacks can be challenging to identify and detect and painfully difficult – sometimes close to impossible – to remove. Always try to keep track of where your storage devices have been, and do not plug “lost-and-found” USB drives into your computer. Keep your personal and workplace data storage and other devices separate to avoid transferring malware from one system to another.
Any device that stores information or is connected to the internet can be a way for cyber criminals to gain access to your information systems – or, in some cases, use your devices to attack someone else. Assume that you are vulnerable and take measures to understand and mitigate risk.
Here are four easy ways to protect yourself online: