RI State Police Remind us October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

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Did you know that October is National Cyber Security Awareness month?  Well, Superintendent of the State Police in Rhode Island would like to remind you.

Colonel Ann C. Assumpico is encouraging all Rhode Islanders to be aware of the threats related to identity theft and cyber crimes and take extra precautions to insure the safety of your personal information.

In a press release issued September 29th, the State Police cite several Federal crime statistics showing the magnitude of cyber security issues, including losses totaling 1.3 Billion last year alone.

It does not stop at monetary damages either, the release cites Cyber bullying as a major issue related to cyber security, stating “7 of every 10 children are victims of cyber bullying”.

And while the young are often victims, so are the elderly.  Scam artists and other cybercriminals prey on the elderly at twice the rate of all other age groups combined.

Furthermore, the police urge business owners to join the Joint Cyber Task Force which works to protect critical infrastructure from cyber attacks.

For more information on how to protect yourself from cyber crimes, check out this post from Norton.com as well as the original press release from the Rhode Island State Police.


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