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WHAT IS THE CYBERSECURITY HUB?

Cybersecurity is in EVERY aspect of our lives. Whether you are paying bills online, working, or communicating with friends and family through social media, every Hoosier adult, child, and business is at risk for a cyber attack. The State of Indiana cannot do this alone. It needs EVERY Hoosier to be aware of the potential cyber threats and what each of you can do to protect not only yourself but also your children, employees, and business. This website is intended to be a central hub of information for Hoosiers to find resources and more information about how to stay informed and safe.

EDUCATION TOOLKIT, NEW CYBER BLOG: RESOURCES TO HELP HOOSIERS STAY SAFE ONLINE

Just released, the new Cybersecurity for Education Toolkit is a great resource for everyone to use as a handy guide featuring the latest tips and resources for being cybersafe. Download it today!  

Welcome to the Indiana Cyber Hub Blog

The Indiana Cyber Hub Blog is your all-new, online resource featuring helpful advice and guidance from the Hoosier State's Cybersecurity Program Director, along with the perspectives of a wide range of cyber industry experts.

Creating a Secure Password - 5 Tips to Keep You and Your Personal Information Safe

By Chetrice Mosley-Romero

November 18, 2020

We have passwords for everything. Social media, email, bank accounts, cell phones, computers...the list goes on and on. It's so difficult to remember all of your passwords, so it's tempting to make them easy, short or the same as all your other ones.

Having the same passwords for all your accounts puts you more at risk for cyberattacks and identity theft, and so does having simple passwords. Here'are some for creating strong passwords that will help protect your accounts from potential cyberattacks.

Don't use the same password for every account. This seems like a no-brainer, but it really makes the difference. Varying your passwords for each of your important accounts can protect you from experiencing a massive cyberattack of all your personal information. Each password might be hard to remember, but having different passwords for every account will save you a lot of stress in the long run.

Make your passwords long and nonsensical. Longer passwords are harder to guess, so potential hackers will have a harder time guessing each character of your password correctly. Passwords without specific words in them are also harder to guess, so using a combination of nonsense letters, numbers and symbols will make for a stronger, more secure password. For example, you could use the letter "o" in place of the number zero ("0") or use the number "3" in place of the letter "e". This will make words harder to guess, and, thus, provide you with more secure passwords.

In doing so, use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, symbols, and numbers when creating passwords. Most sites have reqirements for what a password must contain, but for sites that don't, make it a habit to use a variety of characters within your password.

Steer clear of using personal information in passwords. It's tempting to use your Mom's maiden name as the base of your password, but any hacker can find that on social media and use it to guess your password. Rather than using names or birthdays of family members, you can use the names of random objects, like the word "desk" or "candle".

Change your passwords often. Varying your passwords every few months will make it harder for a hacker to know which password you're currently using for a specific site and can ultimately help prevent hacks of your accounts.

Creating and using strong passwords is a simple way to ensure your information is safe and secure from cyberattacks. Make strong and cybersafe passwords a priority!

Chetrice Mosley-Romero is the Cybersecurity Program Director for the State of Indiana

Good Cyber Hygiene - "Blocking and Tackling" Essential for Being Safe Online - At Work, At Home

By Chetrice Mosley-Romero

November 13, 2020

Football coaches often use the term "blocking and tackling" to describe two fundamental skill sets that are an important part of a well-crafted game plan. The same could be said when it comes to practicing good cyber hygiene.

And, whether you're at work or at home, good cyber habits are easy to establish and, yet, are critically important to being safe online. Interested in learning more about what it takes for an organization to implement good hygiene? The Center for Internet Security (CIS) offers sound advice on not only what's involved with setting up a good system, but also how to assess your system and protect your company's data and its most important online resources. 

Interestingly, Vinton Cerf, an Internet pioneer, is credited with coining the phrase "cyber hygiene", who used the expression in a statement to the United States Congress in February 2000. Cerf likened the idea to the practice of brushing one's teeth. It certainly caught on, as the U.S. Department of Defense adopted the term, in the context of having good cybersecurity habits to keep your computer free of malware. As indicated in a 2011 report, it says,"...people are the Department's first line of defense in sustaining good cyber hygiene and reducing insider threats".

Fast forward to the "new normal", in which we all are living in and it is easy to see, perhaps, more than ever the importance of keeping one's system clean. It's important for all of us to know there's help out there to perform some of the tasks to stay ahead of the curve, including right here in Indiana. Known as the Cybersecurity Hub Page, the website features a wealth of resources to keep you, your family and your business safe online. There are self-assessment quizzes to understand what you can do to improve your online security. There's also additional information related to cybersecurity education that will help you at home and at school, and so much more.

If you're a business, interested in learning more about cyber hygiene, you can take the Indiana Cybersecurity Scorecard. In as little as 15 minutes, the Scorecard -- developed in partnership with Purdue University, was created for the office manager, executive or IT manager to complete. But, you don't have to be a cybersecurity expert to complete it. And it's designed to provide you with a quick, initial view of your organization's overall cybersecurity posture.

Additionally, the U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is the Nation's risk advisor, whose website features all kinds of helpful information, including a Cyber Resource Hub -- comprised of a wide range of services, many of which are available free of charge. There is everything from vulnerability scanning and risk assessment to a Cyber Security Evaluation Tool (CSET®), stand-alone desktop application that once you complete a self-evaluation, can provide timely reports related to your online security.

With so many resources out there, you'll discover that practicing good cyber hygiene is an important part of your game plan for staying safe online. After all, it's football season, what better way to protect yourself than by using some "blocking and tackling" to protect against any cyber threats and unwanted attacks.

Chetrice Mosley-Romero is the Cybersecurity Program Director for the State of Indiana

Election Disinformation, Misinformation Campaigns - It Happens, Trust Yourself - What to Know

By Chetrice Mosley-Romero

October 30, 2020

In just a few days, as a country and as a state, we'll reach one of the most important destinations within our Democracy -- Election Day.

Right now, it's a very busy intersection; Americans are voting at a potentially, record-setting pace. According to the U.S. Elections Project, more than 83 million Americans will have cast their ballot, either in-person or by mail. Here in Indiana, that figure stood at 1.38 million Hoosiers.  

At the same time, the speed, scale and intensity of cyberattacks are at an all-time high. And chief among those threats is the presence of disinformation and misinformation campaigns that, collectively, pose a threat to the outcomes of our elections by overtaking our minds with blatantly false information.

Think of it as a form of "identity theft" that tries to steal away your ability to be accurately informed about the candidates and issues that are on the ballot in your community.

What is a Disinformation/Misinformation Campaign?

ProPublica.com provides a great overview of what these campaigns look like and how you can help in not only recognizing what's out there, but what you can do to protect yourself against them.

As the lead federal agency responsible for national election security, CISA.gov is geared up for security in our 2020 elections with #Protect2020 Rumor vs. Reality -- a webpage for people with questions about the security of their vote and where you can learn more about mis- and disinformation and how it stops with you using their Toolkit.

Most of the information that is being used to mislead people falls into 4 categories:

  • False information about the time, place or manner of voting or registering to vote;
  • False claims about election administration practices, including how ballots are processed, verified, and counted, with the intent to undermine faith in the election process and election results;
  • False or misleading claims about the extent of electoral and voter fraud;
  • Narratives and information (about candidates, their positions, key issues, etc.) presented without context, with the intent to suppress voter turnout.

Protecting Your Social Media Feed

One of the primary sources from which these campaigns get started is on social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook, as well as Instagram, Snapchat and more. Even memes can be used to share information that's not just false, but can be misleading or presented in a way that's out of context. According to ProPublica and First Draft nearly half of recent top-performing posts on Facebook related to mail voting "contained false or substantially misleading claims".

What's more, while it's true that these efforts can start with the actions of just ONE person, you can also take a few steps to guard your social media feeds against election misinformation. It can even help when trying to sort out what is news from a credible source.

Another type of misinformation that's out there involves rumors and hoaxes about voting and polling places. There are 6 types of misinformation to beware of on Election Day and what to do if you spot them. A good way to spot misinformation online is to ask yourself how you feel when reading it. In fact, there are 10 questions to ask yourself, your family, even your friends upon seeing something out there.

In addition to knowing what to look for, you can also report misinformation when you see it. To learn more, Verizon provides a good overview on how each of the four primary social media platforms offer steps you can take to report it.

Here's to a cybersafe outcome to our elections and for the latest cybersecurity information for all Hoosiers, visit us at Indiana Cyber Hub page, on Twitter, or on Facebook.

Chetrice Mosley-Romero is the Cybersecurity Program Director for the State of Indiana

Cybersecurity: Essential Service for all Hoosiers - A New Resource

By Chetrice Mosley-Romero

October 1, 2020 - Happy Cybersecurity Awareness Month!

Cybersecurity is in every aspect of our daily lives. And, just as technology moves all of us forward, cybersecurity insulates us -- protecting our identities, our personal data, and our accounts; everything from social media to banking, credit cards and more. In Indiana, cybersecurity is an important public service provided to all citizens -- throughout every agency -- and the State is continuing in its commitment to utilize its resources to provide a strong and resilient network and to prepare and defend against cybersecurity events.

Beginning today, Indiana Cyber Hub is a blog you'll want to add to your reading list for the latest cyber trends, tips and resources to help you, whether you're at work, at school, or at home, with advice from experts, including guest bloggers, whose collective knowledge is drawn from all industries and backgrounds. The purpose of the blog is to help every Hoosier build on their understanding about cybersecurity, how to protect yourself from cyberattacks, and to check out the latest tips and trends, especially at a time in which the "new normal" is changing our habits when we are online. Want more? Keep coming back to our Cyber Hub Page at www.in.gov/cybersecurity. Our site is filled with cybersecurity information for Business, Government and Education, everything from information on keeping yourself protected and what you should do if you're a victim of identity theft to assessing yourself on what you know about cybersecurity. Also, find us on Twitter or visit our Facebook page. You can subscribe to our blog HERE.

Chetrice Mosley-Romero is the Cybersecurity Program Director for the State of Indiana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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