Columns/Opinions

Internet safety tips during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

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The Internet has become a significant part of our everyday lives, allowing us to work, socialize and shop online. Unfortunately, cybercriminals also benefit from that same convenience and accessibility. That’s why the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) team up each October for National Cyber Security Awareness Month. This year’s theme is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart,” which emphasizes the importance of individuals taking steps to protect themselves online.

Mark Your Calendar

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Have you ever wondered about all these holidays that shouldn’t be, like National Situational Awareness Day, National Ball Point Pen Day or National Cupcake Day? When I heard about National Bubble Wrap Day, National Play-Doh Day and National Talk Like A Pirate Day I just had to find out what a person has to do to get a day. It turns out that a person like me can’t get a National Lee Pitts Day, that would have to be done by an act of Congress and I haven’t paid off any politicians so I doubt that’s going to happen. But an organization or a business can register a day, week or month with The National Day Calendar.

Our best defense is a robust immune system

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Viruses are described as “organisms at the edge of life.” Nevertheless, they have been evolving on Earth for billions of years, fashioning and selecting humans and other biological life forms for survival by way of a myriad of viral metamorphoses, compromises, and interventions. Covid-19 is just one in a line of millions of unique and varied viruses that have come before, are here now, and are precursors of many more to come.

Do We Look For Another?

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And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? Luke 7:19 John the Baptist was that bold, Old Testament prophet which pointed to Jesus and said – behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world. In turn, Jesus said that among them that are born of women there had not risen a greater than John the Baptist.

Securing America’s online presence in our government and our homes

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Cybersecurity affects our everyday lives – including everything from virtual learning and working from home to managing election security. As a graduate of Texas A&M University in Computer Science, a former cybersecurity entrepreneur and former Chair of the House IT Subcommittee, one of my highest policy priorities in Congress has been to defend our digital infrastructure.

Early voting begins

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The economy is almost fully open, early voting is underway, pumpkins are being carved, and now you can enjoy a beer at your favorite watering hole. Per a recent Executive Order from Governor Greg Abbott, county judges are able to open bars and similar establishments to 50% capacity. The Governor’s order also increases the occupancy levels for all business establishments other than bars to 75% – all counties where COVID-19 hospitalizations are less than 15% of hospital capacity can open all businesses other than bars to 75% capacity.

Stay Put

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Let the record show that I’m in favor of impenetrable borders and unscalable walls patrolled by border guards armed with AR-15’s... between states, that is.