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Data Privacy Day 2014

Each year on January 28th, an international event called Data Privacy Day (DPD) is held in an effort to educate people on the importance of protecting their privacy and personal data others have entrusted to them.  In the relentless march of technology and the ever increasing amounts of personally identifiable information (PII) being stored by multiple private and public entities, the need for proper controls and oversight on the use of this data continues to grow in importance. DPD is led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA).  They are a non-profit public-private partnership dedicated to cyber security education and privacy awareness.

On staysafeonline.org, the NCSA encourages people to promote the day through social media and educational events.  Institutions are encourages to become a Champion by simply partnering with NCSA.  This is done by educating consumers, employees, events, activities and various other outreach efforts.  The website encourages people to get involved.  They have provided ten posters to be printed out and placed in homes or offices.  The social media resources provided include following them through Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.  They have also provided posts that have already been prepared to help promote the day as well as banners and logos.

To learn more about the events being held for Data Privacy Date, please go to their events  page.

Below are a few tips provided by the STOP.THINK.CONNECT national cyber security campaign.

  • Secure devices. Set passcodes or pass phrases (long passwords) to be sure only you can access your smartphone, tablet or PC.
  • Secure accounts. Passwords are no longer the only protection from hackers. Enable two-factor authentication to add an additional layer of security.
  • Make passwords long and unique. Passwords should be different for all accounts, have as many characters as allowed and include numbers, symbols and letters, capital and lowercase.
  • Think before you download an app. Before downloading a mobile app, understand what information (your location, access to social networks, etc.) the app accesses to function.
  • Back it up your work. Keep a secure backup of your work, music, photos and other information on an external, encrypted hard drive or approved online cloud.

For more tips please go to STOPTHINKCONNECT.org.