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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month


-       93 percent believe their online actions can protect not only friends and family but also help to make the Web safer for everyone around the world.

-       Nearly two-thirds of the American public have heard, read or seen something about online safety and security issues recently. However, most of what the news they remember is negative: identity theft, privacy loss, and increased frequency of attacks.

-       When asked why they don’t always do all the things they can or should do to stay safer online, Americans said they simply lacked the information or knowledge (28 percent) – a surprising finding that surpassed other hurdles often cited by the media. Only 12 percent said online safety was too expensive, while just 5 percent said they were too busy to take the extra step.


Cybersecurity begins with a simple message everyone using the Internet can adopt:  STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Take security and safety precautions, understand the consequences of your actions and behaviors online and enjoy the benefits of the Internet.

Watch National Cyber Security Awareness Month Get Under Way From Boston On Facebook Live

Public and private sector leaders kick off the 10th National Cyber Security Awareness Month Tuesday afternoon from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Watch the opening remarks and subsequent panel discussion live on Facebook at

The live feed will be available from 1:30-3:30 p.m. You are encouraged to join the conversation during the event and throughout October by using the official hashtag, #ncsam, on Facebook, Twitter and Google+
To learn more about the various ways you and your family can stay safe online, please visit:

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Cynthia J. Larose

Member / Co-Chair, Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice

Cynthia J. Larose is Chair of the firm's Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice, a Certified Information Privacy Professional-US (CIPP-US), and a Certified Information Privacy Professional-Europe (CIPP-E). She works with clients in various industries to develop comprehensive information security programs on the front end, and provides timely counsel when it becomes necessary to respond to a data breach.