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In Conjunction With National Cyber Security Awareness Month, ThreatMetrix Shares Strategies for Staying Protected Online and On the Go
ThreatMetrix®, The Digital Identity Company™, has outlined recommended best practices for secure usage of mobile devices and social media in a continued commitment to this year’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) theme, “Our Shared Responsibility,” as well as the third week’s theme, “Connected Communities: Staying Protected While Always Connected.”
The theme of NCSAM’s third week emphasizes the importance of staying protected when using the Internet, and encourages businesses and consumers to become better digital citizens in their communities. As consumers find themselves constantly connected, the risk of theft, fraud and abuse increases.
“As a society, we are much more connected than we were years ago,” said Andreas Baumhof, chief technology officer at ThreatMetrix. “We have multiple devices, numerous social media accounts and a desire to always stay plugged in even if we’re on the go. The shift to mobile combined with an increase in social media-specific malware and cyberattacks targeting social networks heightens the need for guarding our digital identities and online communities in this age of constant connection. Ultimately, all fraudsters need is a username and password to begin conducting a variety of cybercrimes, such as phishing attacks, and to start piecing together a digital identity.”
ThreatMetrix has outlined several best practices to address the risks associated with increased connectivity:
“Accepting unknown LinkedIn requests and logging into free public Wi-Fi networks may seem like innocent actions, but they’re actually unsafe behaviors that can put personal information and data at risk,” said Baumhof. “Consumers and businesses need to be aware of these threats and implement the recommended best practices into their use of mobile devices and social media in order to effectively protect their digital identities.”
National Cyber Security Awareness Month is an initiative led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Department of Homeland Security. NCSAM is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cyber security and increasing the resiliency of the U.S. in the event of a cyber incident. ThreatMetrix has signed on as an official NCSAM “Champion” and joins a group of organizations dedicated to promoting a safer, more secure and more trusted Internet.
In addition to the overall theme of “cyber security is a shared responsibility,” the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has outlined weekly themes to commemorate National Cyber Security Awareness Month throughout October. The remaining upcoming themes include:
For more information about National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the NCSAM Champions program, and how to participate in NCSAM activities, visit http://www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam. You can also follow and use the hashtag #CyberAware on Twitter throughout the month.
ThreatMetrix®, The Digital Identity Company™, is the market-leading cloud solution for authenticating digital personas and transactions on the Internet. Verifying more than 15 billion annual transactions supporting 15,000 websites and 4,000 customers globally through the ThreatMetrix® Digital Identity Network, ThreatMetrix secures businesses and end users against account takeover, payment fraud and fraudulent account registrations resulting from malware and data breaches. Key benefits include an improved customer experience, reduced friction, revenue gain, and lower fraud and operational costs. The ThreatMetrix solution is deployed across a variety of industries, including financial services, e-commerce, payments and lending, media, government, and insurance.
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