October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and a number of resources are available to help credit unions and their members guard against cyberattacks.
The NCUA is providing information, including regulations and guidance, on its Cybersecurity Resources page. For consumers, the NCUA’s MyCreditUnion.gov site has tips to help consumers protect their finances. The site also contains information on common scams targeting older adults.
The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council—of which NCUA is a member—also has their own Cybersecurity Awareness web page. The site includes resources that can help management and directors of financial institutions better understand supervisory expectations, increase awareness of cybersecurity risks, and assess and mitigate the risks facing their institutions.
Held every October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a collaborative effort between government agencies and various industries to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online. This year, the month will emphasize personal accountability and stress the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity at home and in the workplace. This year’s overarching message – “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.” – will focus on key areas including citizen privacy, consumer devices and ecommerce security.
For more information, visit the Department of Homeland Security website.