October is National Cybersecurity Month

Sony, Target, Home Depot, Yahoo and even the U.S. Office of Personnel Management have all been attacked by cybercriminals.

Let’s face it: In today’s world, the cybersecurity threats plaguing our nation can seem overwhelming – and downright scary.

Cybersecurity, specifically the protection and security of consumer-members’ assets and the nation’s complex, interconnected network of power plants, transmission lines and distribution facilities is a top priority for electric cooperatives and other segments of the electric power industry.

This October, Pointe Coupee Electric is participating in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM).

Since its inception under leadership from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, NCSAM has grown exponentially, reaching consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation.

By raising awareness and understanding of basic cybersecurity practices, we can all work together to combat cyber threats.

Pointe Coupee Electric invites you to join us in recognizing NCSAM by being more vigilant and informed about the threats to your security.

You have a role to play in ensuring the security of your personal and professional data. Use the tips below to safeguard your computer:

  • Keep all software on internet-connected devices – including PCs, tablets and smartphones – up to date to reduce risk of infection from malware.
  • Create long passwords that only you will remember, and change them every six months. Remember, a strong password is at least 12 characters long.
  • Avoid the use of thumb drives and other portable memory devices.
  • Don’t click on web links or attached files in emails when you’re not absolutely certain of who the sender is.
  • Keep pace with new ways to stay safe online. Check trusted websites for the latest information. Share security tips with friends, family and colleagues, and encourage them to be web wise.

We hope you will join us in raising cybersecurity awareness. Use and follow #cyberaware on social media to show and share your support. To learn more about NCSAM, visit www.staysafeonline.org.

Pointe Coupee Electric is your local electric cooperative that serves parts of Iberville, Pointe Coupee and West Baton Rouge parishes. We are an equal opportunity provider and employer. We are connecting people…impacting lives!

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