CNMI Highlights Importance of Cybersecurity


CNMI Governor Ralph DLG Torres proclaimed October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

According to the office of the CNMI Governor, the CNMI Department of Finance’s Office of Information Technology recognizes the importance of identifying, protecting, and responding to cybersecurity threats.

Critical infrastructure such as financial services, educational institutions, telecommunications, and emergency response systems to name a few– rely on technology and the internet.

The STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ Campaign will increase the public’s understanding of cybersecurity and will be implemented through private companies and academic institutions to name a few.

It is important to be informed of cybersecurity threats from a large-scale company to even a single online account.

Here are some tips, as mentioned by the office of the CNMI Governor, to protect yourself from phishing, viruses, ransomware, malware, financial loss, and loss of sensitive data.

Monitor your accounts and be cautious of what you share online.

Keep your computer software up to date.

Create unique passwords and change them regularly.

Install anti-virus programs and firewalls.

To learn more about cybersecurity, the public is urged to visit the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) website at and the STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ at

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Jannette Samson is a broadcast reporter for the Pacific News Center. Her beats are lifestyle, tourism, and crime, among others. Aside from being a reporter, she is also PNC's social media and web editor. You can sometimes hear her reporting the latest headlines for you on Sorensen Media Group's radio stations and on K57. Some of Jannette's passions include art, beauty, and blogging. She paints, creates prints, and dabbles in various art media in her free time. Jannette is also a self-taught makeup artist. In addition to that, she is a visual artist. Her artwork was featured in many art exhibitions and galleries in Guam such as Imbentibu Famalao'an I at the Castro Art Gallery; Imbentibu Famalao'an II and Body Beautiful at the Lees-Reyes Art Gallery; the 2020 University of Guam Undergraduate Exhibition; and the Annual Research Conference Art Exhibition at the Isla Center for the Arts.