How do you keep your family safe online? How do you prepare your child for tomorrow's highly technical world? How do you remain competitive in today's workforce and stay current with cybersecurity issues? The NICCS website was developed to help you find what you need to know about cybersecurity.
Protect Your Family
While there are no sure ways to protect yourself from a cyber-attack, there are some simple steps you can take to help keep your personal information private.
- Set secure passwords and don't share them with anyone. Avoid using common words, phrases, or personal information and update regularly.
- Keep your operating system, browser, anti-virus and other critical software up to date. Security updates and patches are available for free from major companies.
- Verify the authenticity of requests from companies or individuals by contacting them directly. If you are being asked to provide personal information via email, you can independently contact the company directly to verify this request.
- Pay close attention to website URLs. Pay attention to the URLs of websites you visit. Malicious websites sometimes use a variation in common spelling or a different domain (for example, .com instead of .net) to deceive unsuspecting computer users.
Prepare Your Children
To meet the cybersecurity needs of tomorrow's world we need to increase the number of US students engaged in the study of cybersecurity. Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) all provide a solid foundation for future specialization in any of the 31 Cybersecurity Specialty Areas. Engagement in these subjects will help your child remain globally competitive and position them for an exciting career in cybersecurity.
Many of today's IT jobs involve some aspect of cybersecurity and overlap with knowledge, skills and abilities needed for the 31 cybersecurity specialty areas within the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework. Discover career opportunities and find the training you need to advance.