The (Information Security) Doctor is In is a new column of practical tips on cybersecurity literacy. This edition comes from faculty member, Dr. Chéryl Wilmore. Dr. Wilmore teaches Graduate and Doctoral courses in both the College of Technology and College of Education. She is a certified Apple consultant and technology project manager overseeing B2B solutions engineering and the transformation of technology infrastructure for businesses along the eastern seaboard.
Cybersecurity for the Rest of Us
When you hear the term Cybersecurity, you may think of the Department of Defense (DOD), Big Tech, Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) or other “high-up” technology professionals who work in IT. Yet Cybersecurity – refers to protection for your devices (computers, tables, smartphones, etc.) against unauthorized access and attacks while you are connected to the Internet (Cybersecurity, n.d.). In other words, Cybersecurity is simply safeguards for connecting to the Web.
You may have already heard of threats such as malware, ransomware, spoofing, phishing, hacking, and other forms of intrusions which may lead to cybercrimes. That’s because, from the DOD to the ordinary user, we are all vulnerable to these threats. So, you may ask, should we stop using our devices, or throw them away? Absolutely not! The best advice I can offer is that you stay informed about existing threats as well as Cybersecurity (safeguards) that you can employ to reduce your chances of falling prey to hackers and malicious attacks.
Dr. Chéryl Wilmore,
WilmU Faculty Member
Here are just a few cybersecurity methods to get you started. You can put these into practice right away:
Cybersecurity isn’t just for the DOD, Big Tech or high-ranking technology professionals; it’s for all of us.