BISMARCK, ND (KXNET) — Governor Doug Burgum has declared October as “Cybersecurity Awareness Month” to encourage North Dakota residents and businesses to safeguard their digital environments against continually growing digital threats.

The proclamation coincides with National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

“Cybersecurity Awareness Month is an important reminder that we all have a role to play in keeping our information safe online,” said North Dakota Information Technology Chief Information Officer Kuldip Mohanty. “By staying up to date and following simple tips, we can all do our part to protect ourselves and our communities from cyber threats.”

This year’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month theme is “Secure Our World,” with the main messaging revolving around four key cybersecurity best practices:

  1. Understanding the benefits of using a password manager and dispelling existing myths around password manager security and ease of use.
  2. Turning on multifactor authentication on personal devices and business networks.
  3. Recognizing and reporting phishing – still one of the primary threat actions used by cybercriminals today.
  4. Installing updates on a regular basis and turning on automated updates.