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Cybersecurity in the Workplace Is Everyone's Business

During the second week of  National Cyber security Awareness Month (NCSAM), October 9-13, learn how to keep your workplace safe online.

To build on the theme for NCSAM - Securing the Internet is Our Shared Responsibility , this week focuses on Cybersecurity in the Workplace Is Everyone's Business .

Stop. Think. Connect. ™  is a cybersecurity awareness campaign from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Follow these tips to create a culture of cybersecurity in your organization:

  • When in doubt, throw it out. Stop and think before you open attachments or click links in emails. Links in email, instant message, and online posts are often the way cybercriminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious, it's best to delete it.
  • Back it up. Make electronic and physical back-ups or copies of all your important work. Data can be lost in many ways including computer malfunctions, malware, theft, viruses, and accidental deletion.
  • Guard your devices. In order to prevent theft and unauthorized access, never leave your laptop or mobile device unattended in a public place and lock your devices when they are not in use.
  • Secure your accounts. Use passwords that are at least eight characters long and a mix of letters, numbers, and characters. Do not share any of your usernames or passwords with anyone. When available, turn on stronger authentication for an added layer of security, beyond the password.
  • Report anything suspicious. If you experience any unusual problems with your computer or device, report it to your IT Department.

Join in celebrating National Cybersecurity Awareness Month throughout the month of October. Please visit  or  for more information.


Plan Two Ways Out During Fire Prevention Week

This week, October 8-14, is Fire Prevention Week . This year's theme is Every Second Counts. Plan Two Ways Out.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), you may have less than two minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarms sound. Use these seven steps from USFA to develop and practice your fire escape plan during Fire Prevention Week:

  • Draw a map of your home with all the doors and windows.
  • Find two ways out of every room.
  • Do not block doors and windows.
  • Choose an outside meeting place in front of your home.
  • Push the test button to sound the smoke alarm.
  • Practice your drill with everyone in the home.
  • Get outside to your meeting place.

The USFA recommends everyone have working smoke alarms, replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old, practice a home fire escape plan, and consider installing home fire sprinklers in their home. Find more information about smoke alarms, escape plans, and home fire sprinklers as well as other fire safety topics at


Join the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

At 10:19 a.m. on October 19, 2017, millions of people will “ Drop, Cover, and Hold On ” in  ShakeOut , the world's largest earthquake drill.

Everyone is encouraged to participate and inform others about the drill.

Earthquakes can happen anywhere, anytime: at home, at work, at school, or even on vacation. #ShakeOut is a chance to prepare yourself, your family, and your organization by practicing protective actions to take during earthquakes and other aspects of your emergency plans.

Register  today so that you will:

Additional instructions and resources can be found at , including:

If you are on social media, follow  @ShakeOut  on Twitter and  Facebook  for useful content and reminders on earthquake preparedness. Be sure to use #ShakeOut when you post about your drill! You can also participate in their Thunderclap on October 19 at 12:00 p.m. ET. To join in, go to the  #ShakeOut Thunderclap  and agree to post a one-time message on Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr promoting the earthquake drill.

For more information, including a  How to Prepare for an Earthquake  guide and a video about  When the Earth Shakes , visit the  Prepareathon ™  Earthquake page , or


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