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Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2021 – Do Your Part. Be #CyberSmart

Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2021 – Do Your Part. Be #CyberSmart


The line between our online and offline lives is indistinguishable. In these tech-fueled times, the internet impacts our homes, societal well-being, economic prosperity, and our nation’s security. Every October, the National Cyber Security Alliance holds “Cybersecurity Awareness Month.” This year’s theme is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart” – meaning you are empowered to protect your information in cyberspace. If everyone does their part – implementing more robust security practices, raising community awareness, educating those who might be vulnerable to cyberattacks, or training employees – our interconnected world will be safer and more resilient for everyone!


Week of October 4: Be Cyber Smart

As our lives have become increasingly dependent on technology, virtually all personal and business data is stored on internet-connected platforms, which can become a gold mine for scammers. During this first week of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, learn best security practices and keep your information safe. Own your role in cybersecurity by starting with the basics. Creating strong passwords and using multi-factor authentication, backing up your data, and updating your software are great places to start.


Week of October 11: Fight the Phish

Phishing attacks and scams have thrived since the COVID pandemic began in 2020. Today, phishing attacks account for more than 80 percent of reported security incidents. This week, focus on the importance of being wary of emails, text messages, or chat boxes that come from a stranger or someone you were not expecting. Think before you click on any suspicious emails, links, or attachments, and make sure to report any questionable activity.


Week of October 18: Explore. Experience. Share.

There is a critical shortage of cybersecurity professionals. Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week is led by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education. This is a week-long campaign that inspires and promotes the exploration of cybersecurity careers. Whether it’s students, veterans, or those seeking a career change, the dynamic field of cybersecurity is rapidly growing and has something for everyone – including right here at your credit union! Whether you’re just starting your profession, or have an established career and are looking for new challenges, Nusenda is seeking great people to help keep our members’ information secure. Check out our jobs here.


Week of October 25 (Week 4): Cybersecurity First

This week is all about making security a priority. For businesses, this means building security into your online interactions. Make cybersecurity training a part of employee onboarding and equip staff with the tools they need to keep the organization safe. For individuals, keep cybersecurity at the forefront of your mind as you connect daily. Before purchasing a device or online product, do your research. Before setting up a new device or app, consider your security and privacy settings and update default passwords. Cybersecurity should not be an afterthought. 


As your trusted advisor, Nusenda Credit Union closely monitors your information and will tell you if we detect suspicious activity on any of your accounts. Please notify us immediately of any unauthorized transactions at 505-889-7755 (800-347-2838 outside the Albuquerque area).


For more information on how we protect member financial information, visit our Account Security page. As a reminder, all transactions made with your credit union debit or credit cards are protected by Visa's® Zero Liability policy, which protects you from fraudulent charges.


The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) builds strong public/private partnerships to create and implement broad-reaching education and awareness efforts to empower users at home, work, and school with the information they need to keep themselves, their organizations, their systems, and their sensitive information safe and secure online – and to encourage a culture of cybersecurity. Learn more at


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