Today, the computer is the major tool for communication, manipulation and storage of information. With more and more sensitive information being stored on and transmitted between computers, it is critical to be very aware of computer security, as well as related issues such as identity theft, invasion of privacy, and industrial espionage.
Basic steps to improve security on personal computers:
- Do not open unknown attachments.
- Keep software up-to-date by applying the latest service packs and patches.
- Run anti-virus software with the latest virus definitions (update weekly).
- Use a firewall; Firewalls are designed to restrict computer access.
- Use strong passwords (random characters rather than real words).
- Back-up important files regularly.
NYSEnterprise Information Security office (EISO) is responsible for
protecting the state government's cyber security infrastructure and providing
statewide coordination of policies, standards, and programs relating to cyber
security. Protecting our children on the Internet
Cyber Security Tips - for the non-technical computer user. U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT).
CERT Coordination Center - Carnegie Mellon University.
Cyber Security - Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Security Focus - a vendor-neutral site that provides objective, timely and comprehensive security information to all members of the security community, including end users.
United States-Computer Emergency Readiness Team. US-CERT, a partnership between the DHS's National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) and the private sector, has been established to protect our Nation's Internet infrastructure.