by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran
145th Public Affairs
10/20/2014 - CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The
Internet is part of our everyday life. We use the Internet at work,
home, for enjoyment and to connect with those close to us. From smart
phones to car navigation systems, to sending daily messages via the
World Wide Web and texting, the use of technology in our daily routines
is difficult to avoid. Our civilization has become technology dependent.
To imagine our lives without this current technology would simply bring
our daily routines to a grinding halt.
Since its inception a decade ago under leadership from the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security
Alliance, National Cyber Security Awareness Month has grown
exponentially, reaching small and medium-size businesses, corporations,
educational institutions and young people across the nation.
According to Homeland Security, cyber security begins with a simple
message that everyone using the Internet can adopt: Stop. Think.
Stop: Before you use the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems.
Think: Take a moment to be certain the path ahead is clear. Watch for
warning signs and consider how your actions online could impact not only
your safety, but your family's as well.
Connect: Enjoy the Internet with greater confidence, knowing you've
taken the right steps to safeguard yourself and your computer.
Being constantly connected brings increased risk of theft, fraud and
abuse. No country, industry, community or individual is immune to the
cyber risks that are out there. Whether it's clicking on a malicious
link in a phishing email, downloading a malicious file or plugging
something into a computer or network that we shouldn't, users of the Air
Force network are the key to its defense.
From desktop PCs to top-secret server rooms, the U.S. Air Force operates
more computers than almost any other organization on the planet.
Keeping these critical tools up and running is the responsibility of
Client Systems specialists.
How is the North Carolina Air National Guard defending its network?
"My job is to make sure that each and every server is being maintained
to the standards that the Defense Information Systems Agency has
mandated." said U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Andre Corbett, 145th
Communications Flight. "As a client systems administrator, my job, along
with my responsible and knowledgeable team members, is to maintain a
secure network so that mission accomplishments can and do take place no
matter what the tasking may be. Knowing that my small piece of the large
cyber world plays a huge part makes me appreciate what I do."
So when in doubt, throw it out: links in emails, tweets, posts and
online advertising are often the ways cybercriminals compromise your
computer. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it's best
to delete or, if appropriate, mark as junk email.