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The Cyberpreparedness Unit (CPU) is MDEM's lead program for advancing the readiness of all Marylanders for an ever-increasing variety of potential cyberattacks, threats, and disruptions.

Why Be Cyberprepared?

Cyber actors can operate from anywhere, and pose threats to both cyberspace itself and the physical systems (e.g., computers, networking infrastructure, servers, etc.) that enable it. This can make finding ways to reduce your digital ecosystems vulnerabilities, prepare for cyber disruptions, and stay cyber secure challenging. But!

Cyberattacks can lead to loss of money, theft of personal information, and damage to your reputation and safety - and on the systemic level, they can disrupt, destroy, or threaten the delivery of essential services. Avoiding these significant consequences makes facing the challenge worth the effort, both as an individual and as part of your organization. Check out some basic best practices at the top right of this page, and read on to learn more about how MDEM and the CPU can help on a larger scale.

How Can We Help?

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​Cyber Hygiene Tips
for Everyone

1.  Use strong passwords

2.  Regularly update your software via a trusted official source

3.  Turn on multi-factor authentication

4.  Avoid suspicious links - think before you click!

5.  Create and maintain a cyber preparedness plan

Remember: Implementing safe cybersecurity best practices is important for individuals, as well as organizations of all sizes!

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