New Jerseyans are urged to take cybersecurity measures

27 Nov 2019 | 01:15

The NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedeness (NJOHSP) and the New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC) remind all New residents, visitors, organizations, and businesses about resources available for a safe holiday season.

"Whether shopping online or at brick and mortar stores, I strongly encourage taking the necessary precautions to stay safe," said Jared M. Maples, Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. "I ask the public that if you 'see something, say something.' Please report any malicious online activity to the NJCCIC."

Reporting suspicious behavior to local law enforcement and NJOHSP's Counterterrorism Watch could help thwart a potential terrorist attack and save lives. Even if an observation does not seem important, it may be a piece of a larger puzzle. To learn more about what specific behaviors could indicate terrorism or related crime, it may be a piece of a larger puzzle. To learn more about specific behaviors that could indicate terrrorism or related crime, visit njohsp.gov/njsars.

To report suspicious activity that could compromise our cybersecurity and privacy, especially during the holiday season," said Michael T. Geraghty, Director of the New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell. "The public can access some practical cybersecurity resources on NJCCIC's web site, including best practices and instructional guides that may help reduce cyber risk." As the popularity of online shopping continues to increase, so does the number of potentional unsuspecting victims for cyber criminals ot exploit. Scammers may target victims through a variety of methods, including via email, compromised web sites, spoofed web sites, phone calls, text messages, or unsecured wifi networks. To help combat the threats posed by cyber criminals this holiday season, review the NJCCIC's list of common scams, tips, and best practices at cyber.nj.gov/be-sure-to-secure-stay-cyber-safe-this-holiday-season. If you experience a cyber-related incident, report it to the NJCCIC via the Cyber Incident Report form at cyber.nj.gov/report. Resources on cybersecurity can be found on cyber.nj.gov and njohsp.gov. Additionally, the NJCCIC publishes cybersecurity tips on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkednIn.