By Michael Morrison
Special to GUIDON
This week’s focus area for Antiterrorism month is cybersecurity and awareness. Cybersecurity is everyone’s concern.
Cybercrime is on the rise, and according to the FBI, the collective impact is staggering. Billions of dollars are lost every year repairing systems hit by such attacks. Some take down vital systems, disrupting and sometimes disabling the work of hospitals, banks and 9-1-1 services around the country.
Cybersecurity concerns run the gamut from computer hackers looking for bragging rights; criminals wanting to steal your personal information and sell it on the black market; to spies and terrorists looking to rob our nation of vital information or launch cyber strikes.
In recent years, we’ve built a whole new set of technological capabilities and partnerships to combat the threat; however, we still need help.
Individuals must ensure they use proper security precautions not only with personal information but military operational information. Everyone, including children, are exposed to possible cyberattacks daily while on their personal or military portable electronic devices (phones, tablets, smart watches, etc.)
Cybersecurity begins with ensuring everyone has the proper security programs installed onto all computers and PEDs, since the majority of our community surfs the internet, posts on social media sites and conduct banking activity daily on these devices.
Without the proper security measures on electronic devices, you make it easily available for criminals to retrieve your personally identifiable information, travel information, address and other information that could harm you, military operations and/or possibly cost people their lives.
All it takes is someone to put the puzzle pieces together from your social media posts and they can figure out your daily routine.
I encourage personnel living on Fort Leonard Wood to report incidents to the MP Station at 573.596.6141.
If you are off post contact the St. Robert Police Department at 573.336.4700 or the Waynesville Police Department at 573.774.2414.
If you suspect exploitation, report it to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 800.843.5678 or www.cybertipline.com.
(Editor’s note: Morrison is a contractor with Fort Leonard Wood’s Antiterrorism Office.)