Take your own digital security seriously

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With good passwords into the Cybersecurity Awareness Month / Weekly actions of the Cybersicherheitsrat Deutschland e.V.

Digital space and analog life are growing closer together. Cybersecurity Awareness Month is an opportunity to keep your online activities safe.

Hans-Wilhelm Dünn, President of the Cyber-Sicherheitsrat Deutschland e.V. says: „Just as we lock our home with an individual and secure key when leaving, we should also protect our accounts with a reliable password.“

The Cyber-Sicherheitsrat Deutschland e.V. recommends a password that is easy to remember and contains, for example, the first letters of a mnemonic sentence. A length of at least 8 characters and the use of upper and lower case as well as numbers and special characters increase its security. The use of names or common words should be avoided. Regularly changing credentials, on the other hand, is not necessary; rather, the focus should be on password security. At best, these are managed with a password management program.

The security of routersdeserves special attention. They are seen as a gateway for cybercriminals, as this is where all the devices in a network are connected to each other and to the Internet. “If a router is cracked, all doors are open to intruders, which is why passwords here should contain at least 20 characters,” warns Hans-Wilhelm Dünn. Older devices in particular represent gateways, which is why consumers should make sure to only use routers with the latest WPA2 and WPA3 encryption methods.

The Cybersecurity Awareness Month is an action of National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). In this context, the Cyber-Sicherheitsrat Deutschland e.V. will focus on various topics on a weekly basis in October. These will be published on the website and social media channels under the slogan “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart”.

 

The Cyber Security Council Germany e.V.was founded in August 2012 by well-known personalities. The Berlin-based association is politically neutral and advises companies, public authorities and political decision-makers in the field of cyber security. The association’s members include large and medium-sized companies, operators of critical infrastructures as well as federal states and federal institutions, experts and political decision-makers with a connection to cyber security. Through its members, the association represents more than three million employees from the business community and nearly two million members from associations and clubs. The Cyber Security Council Germany e.V. informs and supports its members with a wide range of services and aligns its activities with their operational and business needs.

V.i.S.d.P.: Hans-Wilhelm Dünn, President, Cyber Security Council Germany e.V.
Contact: Hannes Harthun, Chief of Staff; phone: +49 (0) 30 / 6796 365 28, email: harthun@cybersicherheitsrat.de

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