Cybersecurity involves preventing, detecting and responding to cyberattacks that can have wide-ranging effects on individuals, organizations, the community and at the national level.
Cyberattacks are malicious attempts to access or damage a computer or network system. Cyberattacks can lead to loss of money, theft of personal, financial and medical information that can damage your reputation and safety.
On an individual level, cyberattacks can involve gaining access to your computer, mobile phone or gaming system. They can result in identity theft, loss of money, and loss of access to your accounts. These attacks target both children and adults.
Protecting yourself can seem daunting, but the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) provides a week-by-week plan to strengthen your cybersecurity know-how. FEMA also has dozens of tips to help keep you safe online. Ready.gov also provides valuable resources.