Americans are spending more time online than ever before. As more people use the internet for online shopping, banking, financial management and socializing, they also expose themselves to increased cyber risks. 

Online threats and cyberattacks threaten the future of our national and economic security. Harvey County Emergency Management is joining with the Department of Homeland Security to raise cybersecurity awareness across the nation during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month this October.

The efforts will promote and emphasize several key messages tied together by one overarching theme - cybersecurity is our shared responsibility and we all must work together to improve our nation's cybersecurity. Cybersecurity is not just the responsibility of governments, companies, groups or individuals. Everyone shares the responsibility for cybersecurity.

This marks the 15th year of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month as an annual initiative to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity.

Harvey County Emergency Management is supporting this on our Facebook and Twitter pages. The weekly themes are: Make Your Home a Haven for Online Security; Millions of Rewarding Jobs: Educating for a Career in Cybersecurity; It's Everyone's Job to Ensure Online Safety at Work; and Safeguarding the Nation's Critical Infrastructure.

For more information and tips on how to be cyber secure, visit the Department of Homeland Security, Stop Think Connect and Stay Safe Online.