Wagner College is proud to participate in Cybersecurity Awareness Month, an annual initiative designed to promote the importance of cybersecurity and empower individuals and organizations to stay safe online. This campaign, "Protect, Educate, Secure, Thrive," focuses on providing practical tips to enhance cybersecurity awareness and protect against cyber threats.
Throughout the month of October, the Wagner College Information Technology department will share resources and tips to ensure you stay protected when using technology whenever and however you connect.
Secure Your Devices and Data | Safeguard Your Digital Life
Tip 1: Regularly Update and Install Antivirus Software
Stay safe by regularly updating your devices and using reliable antivirus software to protect against malware and vulnerabilities. Updating software helps to patch vulnerabilities and security flaws that can be exploited by malicious cyberattacks. Hackers and cybercriminals often target outdated software to gain unauthorized access to your system or steal your personal and financial information. Antivirus programs can detect and block various types of malware, including viruses, trojans, and spyware, thereby preventing them from causing harm to your device. Software updates and antivirus programs help safeguard your sensitive data, such as login credentials, financial information, and personal files. They prevent data breaches and identity theft by blocking or eliminating threats that could compromise your privacy.
Tip 2: Backup Your Data
Regular data backups are essential to protect your data from various threats, including data loss due to hardware failure, data corruption, accidental deletion, or even ransomware attacks. By keeping backup copies of your important files and data, you can quickly recover them in case of any unexpected data loss or cyberattack, ensuring business continuity and peace of mind.
The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) offers a resource on security updates and how to fix security risks.