cyberHACC Newsletter
September is National Preparedness Month
Are you ready when things go wrong?
cyberHACC is the Office of Information Services & Technology monthly information security newsletter. Each month our newsletter will feature a topic relevant to the security of your data, devices, as well as covering best practices related to the handling of information.
Each September, National Preparedness Month encourages and reminds Americans to be prepared for disasters or emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities. From hurricanes and snowstorms, to a minor coffee spill, disasters take many forms.

Most of us would like to say that we are extremely diligent about protecting our data and backing it up on a regular basis. However, we know that this is not always the case. Fortunately, backups are easier than ever before thanks to a plethora of options available to most computer users. We just need to remember that it's critical to create a backup plan for important files and make sure those backups are stored in a separate location (physically or in the cloud). By doing so we can avoid losing valuable information if our computer is lost, stolen, compromised, or simply fails to turn on one day.

The only way to protect yourself against valuable data loss is through regular backups. Ideally, important files should be backed up at minimum once a week, or every day, depending on how critical they are to you. This can be done manually, automatically, or using combination of the two methods.

When it comes to backups, just like security, you want to find a balance of being thorough but efficient. We have all heard disastrous stories of losing homework due to the blue screen of death or a misplaced cell phone that tragically stored the only copy of family photos. In addition, you could fall victim to ransomware or another malicious attack that leaves you with no choice but to reimage your computer. It never hurts to consider your backup strategy and come up with a plan that leaves you feeling safe and secure.

Know where your important data is:
Family photos, music, financial records, business documents & other personal info.

Don't forget to backup your mobile devices:
These are more likely to be lost or stolen than your personal computer.
Here are some tips to get you started:
  • Data loss happens all the time, but it is entirely preventable. You just need to create a backup plan.
  • Your critical data should never reside in a single place.
  • The ideal backup strategy will typically include both an online backup service (e.g., Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Google Drive, CrashPlan, iCloud) and an offline backup utility (e.g., external hard drives, flash drives) to ensure your data is secure no matter what happens to your mobile device or computer.
  • Running consistent, automatic backups is a straightforward process that will take little time to set up and will require even less to maintain.
  • Backups can be configured to run in real time when files on your computer are changed.
  • Routinely test your backup solution to ensure you can recover your data in the event that you do actually need to restore from a backup.
Additional Resources:

Next week we’ll send out an email asking you to participate in cybersecurity training on the topic of phishing attacks. Thanks to AIG (HACC's cybersecurity insurance provider) and their partnership with TechGuard Security®, we can offer this short training module on to increase everyone’s cybersecurity awareness.

The email will come from cybersecurity=hacc.edu@inspiredlms.com and will contain instructions on how to access the training.
Watch for more tips each month to raise your
Cybersecurity I.Q. and help keep HACC’s data safe!
Information provided by the Awareness and Training Working Group of the EDUCAUSE Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC).
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