Need for staying secure in cyberspace goes beyond Cybersecurity Month

November 05, 2018 by Jennifer Lofstrom
Timothy Perez
Associate Professor Timothy Perez

October was Cybersecurity Month, but protecting your digital assets and systems is important year-round according to Brandman University's Timothy Perez, D.Sc.

The associate professor of information systems management from The School of Business and Professional Studies says people should protect all electronic devices everything from computers and cell phones and even personal emails.

Perez helped design Brandman’s Bachelor of Science in Computing Technology program and is proud to teach students about cybersecurity. “Brandman’s BSIT and BSCT programs go beyond just teaching you how to protect yourself. They prepare you to understand how systems are comprised and how to protect both personal and enterprise systems.”

“In the digital age that we live in, more of our transactions are done electronically. As such, cybercriminals seek to steal and defraud us in the online and digital realms. It is more important than ever before to know how to protect yourself and your digital devices from potential threats and vulnerabilities,” Perez said.

Cyber fraud is a big business, he said, and there are many types of scams anyone using technology should be aware of, including:

  • Emails
  • Text messages
  • Unsecured Wi-Fi connections
  • Voice messages or calls asking for donations, online money transfers or even government agencies such as the IRS that are attempting to collect funds from you

cybersecurityPerez also cautions consumers to stay mindful. “If you are unsure of the legitimacy of a given message, look at your statement or contact the organization directly using a phone number or website not listed in the message. Otherwise, you could be redirected back to a scammers fake online page purporting to be an official organization,” Perez said. He also advises Stay Safe Online as a great organization that offers a wealth of resources on their website.

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