CNMI Highlights Importance of Cybersecurity

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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 nist.gov and the STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ at stopthinkconnect.org.


Reach reporter Jannette Samson: jannette@spbguam.com