Playing It Safe Online

Posted on Oct 22 2023 in Miami-Cass REMC
Rob Schwartz

In today’s world, most of us don’t leave the front door unlocked. We protect our homes, loved ones and valuables from intruders with locks, alarms and other security measures. Cybersecurity is no different. It’s the practice of protecting other valuables, such as your identity, banking records and other sensitive information, from digital attacks and theft.

October is recognized as Cybersecurity Awareness Month. While taking the necessary steps to protect our personal information is a year-round practice, at Miami-Cass REMC, we use this time to share cybersecurity reminders across our team of employees. Given our increased reliance on internet-connected devices and gadgets, I’d like to share a few cybersecurity tips this month and let you know how we are working to boost our own cybersecurity efforts.

According to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), these are the four best ways to keep you and your family safe online:

  1. Implement multi-factor authentication (also known as two-step verification) on your accounts. The additional layer of protection makes it much harder for criminals to access your information.
  1. Update your software. This is one of the easiest ways to protect your personal data. When downloading a software update, make sure it’s coming straight from the company that created it, and beware of fake pop-ups that request urgent downloads. Better yet, turn on automatic updates.
  1. Think before you click. Most successful cyber attacks start with a phishing email. Don’t take the bait when cyber criminals go phishing. Avoid emails (or texts) that look too good to be true, oddly urgent, poorly crafted or include unusual requests.
  1. Create strong passwords, using long, unique and complex words or phrases. Consider using a password manager to save time, work across all devices, protect your identity and notify you of potential phishing websites.


We’re doing our share on the cyber front. Part of offering excellent service is keeping that service secure and reliable. For Miami-Cass REMC, reliability means repairing wear-and-tear, upgrading our equipment to withstand storms and severe weather and using technology and best practices to keep our system secure from cybersecurity issues.

We also work together with co-ops across the country to develop new technologies and infrastructure, learn from each other and keep the grid’s network secure. For example, we participate in GridEx, where co-ops around the country come together to simulate realistic cyber issues and practice responding to the latest types of issues we might have to manage.

While we can’t stop a storm or predict every disruption, as a co-op, we do everything we can to keep the lights on and our members protected.