Riverhead Central School District Becomes a Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2022 Champion

October 13, 2022
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Riverhead Central School District Announces Commitment to Growing Global Cybersecurity Success by Becoming a Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2022 Champion

Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2022 Highlights the Growing Importance of Cybersecurity in Our Daily Lives and Increased Accessibility to Information

RIVERHEAD, NEW YORK (OCTOBER 2022) — The Riverhead Central School District today announced that it has signed on as a Champion for Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2022. Founded in 2004, Cybersecurity Awareness Month, held each October, is the world’s foremost initiative aimed at promoting cybersecurity awareness and best practices. The Cybersecurity Awareness Month Champions Program is a collaborative effort amongst businesses, government agencies, public school districts, private schools, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations and individuals committed to educating others on online safety.

“Keeping our data and information safe is a top priority for the Riverhead Central School District,” said Superintendent Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore. “Therefore, it is important to educate our staff, students and community about the importance of cybersecurity.”

From mobile to connected home devices, technology is becoming more intertwined with our everyday lives. While technology is constantly changing, cybercriminals are working hard to find ways to compromise technology and disrupt personal and business life. Cybersecurity Awareness Month aims to highlight some of the emerging challenges that exist in the world of cybersecurity today and provide straightforward actionable guidance that anyone can follow to create a safe and secure digital world for themselves and their loved ones.

This year, Cybersecurity Awareness Month’s main focal areas revolve around four key fundamental cybersecurity best practices:

  • Recognizing and reporting phishing—still one of the primary threat actions used by cybercriminals today
  • Understanding the benefits of using a password manager and dispelling existing myths around password manager security and ease of use
  • Enabling multi-factor authentication on personal devices and business networks
  • Installing updates on a regular basis and turning on automated updates

Now in its 19th year, Cybersecurity Awareness Month’s ultimate goal is to provide everyone with the information they need to stay safer and more secure online. The Riverhead Central School District is proud to support this far-reaching online safety awareness and education initiative which is co-led by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

For more information about Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2022 and how to participate in a wide variety of activities, visit staysafeonline.org/cybersecurity-awareness-month/. You can also follow and use the official hashtag #BeCyberSmart on social media throughout the month.

About Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Cybersecurity Awareness Month is designed to engage and educate public- and private-sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity to increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. Since the Presidential proclamation establishing Cybersecurity Awareness Month in 2004, the initiative has been formally recognized by Congress, federal, state and local governments and leaders from industry and academia. This united effort is necessary to maintain a cyberspace that is safer and more resilient and remains a source of tremendous opportunity and growth for years to come. For more information, visit staysafeonline.org/cybersecurity-awareness-month/.

About 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. National Cybersecurity Alliance’s core efforts include Cybersecurity Awareness Month (October); Data Privacy Week (Jan. 24-28th); and CyberSecure My Business™, which offers webinars, web resources and workshops to help businesses be resistant to and resilient from cyberattacks. For more information, please visit https://staysafeonline.org.