DATA PRIVACY WEEK 2024 EMPHASIZES BUSINESS EDUCATION
Through the 2024 Data Privacy Week theme of take control of your data, CyberWyoming encourages small businesses to recognize and support the principle that all organizations share the responsibility of being conscientious stewards of personal information.
The goal of Data Privacy Week is to spread awareness about online privacy among individuals and organizations. The goal is twofold: to help citizens understand that they have the power to manage their data and to help organizations understand why it is important that they respectfully manage their users’ data.
“This is what Wyoming’s Cybersecurity Competition for Small Businesses is all about,” said Laura Baker, CyberWyoming Executive Director. “Through this free 7-month, human-focused, on-the-job program, we teach small businesses how to manage their systems and data. Everyone sleeps better at night because they take control of their systems and data,” she continued.
Any Wyoming business can register for the free Competition which officially starts on February 1st and continues through August. The time commitment is 4-6 hours per month. Winners speak at a statewide conference.
The competition program is sponsored by community minded Wyoming companies: Campbell County Health, Capitol Communications, Casper College, CPU (Computer Professionals Unlimited), DigeTekS LLC, EvnTec, Factory IT, First Federal Bank & Trust, Gannett Peak Technical Services, HUB International, IECA of Casper, K2 Technologies, Language I/O, Manufacturing Works of Wyoming, the National Cybersecurity Society, PDS Manage, Rocky Mountain Cybersecurity, Sweetwater Technology Services, Team Networks, and a grant from the Gula Tech Foundation.
TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR DATA
During National Data Privacy Week, CyberWyoming encourages all Wyomingites to take control of your data. All online activity generates a trail of data. Websites, apps, and services collect data on behaviors, interests, and purchases. Sometimes, this includes personal data, like Social Security and driver’s license numbers. It can even include data about your physical self, like health data – think about how a smartwatch counts and records how many steps you take.
While it’s true that no one can control how each byte of data is shared and processed, simple steps can be taken to ensure that Wyomingites and Wyoming organizations can protect themselves.
“There are four things we encourage everyone to do in January. First, take control of your email and use January to unsubscribe or mark emails as spam if you are wary of the unsubscribe link. Second, put multi-factor authentication on all your online financial accounts whether personal or work accounts. Third, sign out of your social media accounts and look at your accounts from a stranger’s point of view. Make sure that your security settings are acceptable to you. If not, then change the privacy settings. Finally, start data privacy awareness training at your organization with CyberWyoming’s free, no think security awareness training. January is Talk Like a Vampire Month where you encourage your employees to read suspicious emails in a vampire voice to increase distrust when reading email,” said Baker.
The free no-think security awareness curriculum, designed to be run by the typical office manager without technical expertise, can be requested at https://cyberwyoming.org/contact/ or firstname.lastname@example.org. Each lesson includes a poster that can be hung to announce the topic, a few emails to be sent throughout the month, an activity for a staff meeting, and a video discussion for a staff meeting.
The National Cybersecurity Alliance, sponsor of Data Privacy Week, also has great resources.
Take control of your data: https://staysafeonline.org/programs/data-privacy-week/individuals/
- Create long, unique passwords
- Turn on multi-factor authentication
- Turn on automatic software updates
- Learn to identify phishing messages
Manage your social media privacy settings: https://staysafeonline.org/resources/manage-your-privacy-settings/
How to take back control of a social media account: https://staysafeonline.org/resources/how-to-take-back-control-of-a-social-media-account/
About CyberWyoming: Founded in 2017, CyberWyoming, a 501(c)6 nonprofit, promotes the cybersecurity welfare and prosperity of the Wyoming business community including hands-on, high-touch education of small business stakeholders and technical registered apprenticeship.
About Data Privacy Week: Data Privacy Week began as Data Privacy Day in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. Data Protection Day commemorates the Jan. 28, 1981, signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. NCA, the nation’s leading nonprofit, public-private partnership promoting cybersecurity and privacy education and awareness, leads the effort in North America each year. For more information, visit https://staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-week/.
About the National Cybersecurity Alliance: The National Cybersecurity Alliance is a non-profit organization on a mission to create a more secure, interconnected world. We advocate for the safe use of all technology and educate everyone on how best to protect ourselves, our families, and our organizations from cybercrime. We create strong partnerships between governments and corporations to amplify our message and to foster a greater “digital” good. For more information, please visit https://staysafeonline.org.