Often times, we may not realize that our actions online might put us, our families, and even our country at risk. Learning about the dangers online and taking action to protect ourselves is the first step in making the Internet a safer place for everyone. Cyber security is a shared responsibility and we each have a role to play.
Protecting infrastructure involves preventing, detecting, and responding to cyber incidents. Unlike physical threats that prompt immediate action - like stop, drop, and roll in the event of a fire - cyber threats are often difficult to identify and comprehend. Among these dangers are:
Viruses erasing entire systems
Intruders breaking into systems and altering files
Intruders using your computer or device to attack others
Intruders stealing confidential information
The spectrum of cyber risks is limitless; threats, some more serious and sophisticated than others, can have wide-ranging effects on the individual, community, organizational, and national level.
National security risks
Organized cyber crime
Transportation, power, and other services may be disrupted by large scale cyber incidents.
The extent of the disruption is highly uncertain as it will be determined by many unknown factors such as the target and size of the incident.
Vulnerability to data breach and loss increases if an organization's network is compromised.
Information about a company, its employees, and its customers can be at risk.
Individually-owned devices such as computers, tablets, mobile phones, and gaming systems that connect to the Internet are vulnerable to intrusion.
Personal information may be at risk without proper security.