DISA Shares Recommendations to Prevent Cyberattacks; Vice Adm. Nancy Norton Quoted

DISA Shares Recommendations to Prevent Cyberattacks; Vice Adm. Nancy Norton Quoted

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has provided recommendations to mitigate cyberattacks at the workplace and home as part of the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. DISA said Friday that it advises the public to update software tools, employ strong passwords and run antivirus software.

The agency has also recommended to avoid sharing passwords, limit the kind of information shared on social media sites and remain vigilant on unexpected text messages or emails.

"Whether from nation-states, cybercriminals or sport-hackers, our ability to rapidly identify and secure cyber vulnerabilities and defend our cyber terrain from threats is critical to increasing lethality and operating effectively across all warfighting domains," said Vice Adm. Nancy Norton, commander at the Department of Defense Information Network.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) noted that cyber fraud activities increased by 20 percent in the first three months of 2020. CISA reported an estimated amount of $3.5 billion were lost in cybercrimes alone in 2019.

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