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Tips for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

South Central Indiana Rural Electric Membership Corporation (SCI REMC) announced that it will participate in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) this October. By participating, SCI REMC will help raise awareness about cyberthreats and ways to stay secure.

“By increasing awareness and enhancing understanding of basic cybersecurity practices, we can all work together to combat cyberthreats,” said Jonathan Presley, SCI REMC manager of business technology. “The human element is oftentimes the biggest cybersecurity risk. Each of us has a critical role to play to ensure the security of our personal and professional data.”

The goal of NCSAM is to provide every American with the resources they need to enhance their online safety and security. 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.

Co-ops remain cyber aware by taking a number of preparations, including:

  • Implementing rigorous security standards and technology to protect systems,
  • Forging close partnerships to protect systems, and
  • Engaging in active information sharing about threats and vulnerabilities.

SCI REMC invites members to join in raising cybersecurity awareness. Follow the electric cooperative on Facebook this month for tips on keeping you and your information safe.

Use and follow #cyberaware on social media to show and share your support. To learn more about NCSAM, visit

You have a role to play in ensuring the security of your personal and professional data. Use the tips below from SCI REMC 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.
  • Use a password manager so each password is unique, and you don’t have to remember complex passwords. If all passwords are the same and one is compromised, then all locations that use that password would be compromised.
  • Avoid the use of thumb drives and other portable memory devices that could contain or transfer viruses.
  • Don’t click on weblinks or attached files in emails when you’re not 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.
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