Own IT! Secure IT! Protect IT!

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month October 2019, by Laura Baker Co-Founder of CyberWyoming

Don’t forget about the Wyoming Cybersecurity Symposium on October 23rd in Cheyenne at Little America. Register now at https://wyocyber.com/

One of the taglines for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is “Personal information is like money. Value it. Protect it.”

I think that is pretty interesting in that Wyoming State Statutes pretty much define Personally Identifiable Information as your name + one other piece of information about you. So, your name + address is something that statute 6-3-901 requires protection. Below is a screen print of a CyberWyoming presentation that summarized this definition.

Summary of Wyoming Definition of Personally Identifiable Information

So, I think a great idea is to be aware of this personally and in business.

Personally, as soon as someone online asks you for this information – question it! Immediately start reading the request in a sinister voice in your head and be suspicious.

In business, this is the information you should encrypt so no one can get to it. Simple encryption using Windows 10 Professional’s Bitlocker capabilities or even with a password in a Word or Excel file, could save a lot of headache and stress. To add a password to a Microsoft file, simply go to the save function and choose Protect File. See the screen print below.

Microsoft has password capabilities on all the products in their Office suite.

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