Exercise caution during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Hamilton County Reporter
Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita warns Hoosiers against predatory cybercriminals during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
“Cybersecurity has been a big issue for years, but after COVID-19 businesses and schools have increasingly relied on technology,” Rokita said. “This makes them even more vulnerable to these types of attacks, and I encourage Hoosiers to educate themselves and stay alert.”
Implementing proper cybersecurity controls has become a necessary part of doing business in today’s economy. The average cost to a business from a data breach is now over $4 million, and the average cost of a healthcare data breach has skyrocketed to over $10 million.
Cyberattacks do not only affect schools and businesses, but they also affect individuals and can potentially destroy the lives of honest and hardworking people.
Security breaches involving your personal information, also known as data breaches, can create a significant risk of fraud or identity theft if the information is acquired by the wrong person.
To protect you and your family, Attorney General Rokita encourages Hoosiers to follow this advice:
- Watch your credit. Credit monitoring services track your credit report and alert you whenever a change is made, such as a new account or a large purchase. Most services will notify you within 24 hours of any changes to your credit report. Most major credit cards now offer these monitoring services at no cost to the consumer.
- Consider placing a free credit freeze on your credit report. Identity thieves will not be able to open a new credit account in your name while the freeze is in place. You can place a credit freeze by contacting each of the three major credit bureaus:
- Place a fraud alert on your credit report. A fraud alert tells lenders and creditors to take extra steps to verify your identity before issuing credit. You can place a fraud alert by contacting any a from the three major credit bureaus.
- Contact Attorney General Rokita. If you think you have been the victim of identity theft, visit in.gov/attorneygeneral or call us at 1-800-382-5516. For additional guidance, you can also visit identitytheft.gov, a site operated by the Federal Trade Commission.