Are Employees Protecting Their Online Accounts?

October 2022
The Cybersecurity Awareness Month logo is on the laft side of this image. At the bottom center of the image is text which reads do your pat. Be cyber smart. On the far right of this image is a couple sitting close together and smiling while looking at a smartphone one of them is holding.

Staying safe and secure online and protecting personally identifying information requires partnership. Just as you work to safeguard employees’ data, VRS also takes measures every day to keep members’ information secure.

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month—observed every October—offers a chance to engage employees and help them focus on their role in online security.

1. Remind employees to claim their online accounts. An important but often overlooked way VRS members can help protect themselves from identity theft involving their VRS benefits is to register for their myVRS accounts and, if applicable, their defined contribution accounts through Account Access.

By registering their online accounts, completing the identity-verification steps and then establishing a password-protected account, members are helping prevent someone else from laying claim to the account fraudulently.

2. Bookmark the VRS Security Center. This page provides practical tips to help employees protect themselves online and to avoid falling victim to fraud. Share these tips with employees as part of your efforts to promote security awareness.

3. Make security an everyday focus. The National Cyber Security Alliance maintains StaySafeOnline, a hub for promotional materials and resources related to National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and STOP.THINK.CONNECT., a global online safety partnership of private companies, nonprofits and government organizations. Both sites include fact sheets, infographics, research reports, tip sheets and videos you can pass on to employees as you emphasize the important role they play in cybersecurity.