MORRISTOWN, NJ - October is Cyber Security Month where residents in New Jersey and across the nation are urged to protect themselves against cyber attacks. Enhancing cyber security protection and skills will enable Morristown and Morris County residents to protect their computers, IPhones, and other internet connected devices from hackers. 

“Recognizing that we now live in a world that is more connected than ever before, with the Internet touching almost every aspect of our daily lives, it is more important than ever before to know how to safely and securely utilize the Internet and your computers,’’ said John Tugman, Chief Information Officer for Morris County Government. 

“The reality is that cyber crime has rapidly changed from a sophisticated practice known only to highly specialized Information Technology professionals to an endeavor that can be undertaken by individuals with minimal computer knowledge and skills,’’ said Tugman.

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Large companies like CVS, Walgreens, Athem (Blue Cross Blue Shield) and Sony have had large scale, widely publicized cyber attacks which exposed vital consumer information. 

“But even if you just use a computer at home to pay bills and globally chat with friends, don’t think you cannot be a target,’’ said Tugman.

To be safe, the Office of Homeland Security suggests using strong passwords, different passwords for different services, and update personal computers with up-to-date software.

For more cyber security tips, please visit: http://www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month