One of the great things about the Scouting organization is that we have adult volunteers that can bring their professional backgrounds to this organization and we can benefit from their knowledge and expertise –free of charge–. In our troop, and our partner pack (Pack 183), we are fortunate enough to have three adult volunteers that work in the cyber infrastructure space and two youth that are junior webmasters.
A recent cybersecurity incident occurred which brings cybersecurity to the front of everyone’s mind. Although the incident started as a minor spamming incident involving a personal email account, it was about to turn into something more serious if it wasn’t for the watchful eye of the account owner and volunteer leaders taking quick action. I don’t mention this to shame the victim (we are great friends and who has a heart of gold)… heck I’ve been a victim before too! I mention it as a reminder that attackers, wrongdoers, malicious individuals, and organized cybercriminals don’t care who their victims are, they are just looking for the next victim and we have to do our best to make sure that our personal data and our volunteer data is secured.
Scouts BSA does a good job in requiring cyber awareness training to our scouts through various means such as NetSmartz. But we don’t want to do just a good job, we want to do a great job. Our troop leaders have spent hundreds (yes hundreds) of hours ensuring that our data systems are secured to the maximum extent possible but we still need your help. That’s why our troop and pack leaders have included on our website links to two cyber awareness organizations at the very bottom of each of our webpages and why we are putting out this blog post with tips that you can take right now to make yourself more cyber secure.
~John B. is the volunteer adult webmaster and Outdoor Activities Coordinator for BSA Troop 3 and Troop 1003. In his professional role, he is a cybersecurity and cybercrimes investigator.
~Jerry R. and Jameel M. are the volunteer adult webmasters for Pack 183. In their professional roles, Jerry is a cloud systems engineer and Jameel has a background in web design.