October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), which was launched in 2004 under the leadership of the National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The month long campaign helps ensure that every American has the resources available to help them learn to be more secure online and keep themselves. their online data, and personal information safe.
The theme of this year’s NCSAM is “Our Shared Responsibility” and each week has a separate focus theme as well. NCSAM reaches educational institutions, consumers, corporations, small and medium-sized businesses, and young people across the country, growing at an exponential rate since its inception.
The “STOP. THINK. CONNECT.” campaign which has more than 850 partners, celebrates its 8th anniversary this year. This campaign helps create a culture of online safety and security by focusing on education and awareness efforts and sharing the message with communities.
This Year’s Themes for NCSAM
Along with “Our Shared Responsibility,” NCSAM has an individual focus and theme each week to help address challenges and identify opportunities for behavioral change. NCSAM 2018 will also shine a light on our acute need for building a stronger and more cyber secure conscience workforce in order to help ensure that our businesses, families, and our infrastructure are protected.
This weekly themes for the rest of this month are:
Week 3 (Oct. 15-19) - It’s Everyone’s Job to Ensure Online Safety at Work: This week’s theme focuses on workforce training, awareness, and education while emphasizing resistance, resilience, and risk management in relation to cybersecurity. The National Cyber Security Alliance’s “CyberSecure My Business” will show how businesses can protect themselves, their employees, and their customers against some common cybersecurity threats.
Week 4 (Oct. 22-26) - Safeguarding the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure: Emphasizing the extreme importance of securing our critical infrastructure. This theme will then transition into the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month during November.
The other themes this year included:
Week 1 (Oct. 1-5) - Make Your Home a Haven for Online Safety: Covered cybersecurity practices that families can deploy to protect their homes against cyber threats.
Week 2 (Oct. 8-12) - Millions of Rewarding Jobs: Educating for a Career in Cybersecurity: This theme addressed different ways to motivate parents, teachers, and counselors to learn more about the field of cybersecurity and how to encourage family, friends, and students to seek cybersecurity careers.
Participate in NCSAM
You can support this year’s NCSAM and participate in multiple ways. Whether at work, school, home, on social media or in your community, there are a few ways you can help share the message and get involved in NCSAM.
At School & Work
Become a NCSAM Champion — It’s free and simple to register.
Host Cybersecurity Training — Take the opportunity to hold cybersecurity awareness and training sessions for your employees.
Get the NCSAM poster — Print it off and display the poster in your school or workplace.
Strengthen your passwords — Take the time and opportunity to update your password, using guidelines and best practices for creating “strong” passwords. You can also encourage your coworkers, employees, and classmates to follow suit and you can strengthen your company’s email and online accounts by adding two-factor authentication or other extra layers of security beyond a username and password.
Become a NCSAM Champion – It’s free and simple to register.
Get the NCSA Newsletter — Signup to get regular online safety news and resources.
The STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Tip Sheet — Print off the tip sheet and post it in areas where your family accesses the internet.
Hold a “tech talk.” — Discuss how everyone can protect their devices and their data using STOP. THINK. CONNECT.
Follow the National Cyber Security Alliance — Follow the NCSA on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn in order to get the latest online safety news and resources.
Post Tips — Post online safety tips and reminders about NCSAM and use the hashtag #CyberAware.
Use Your Blog — Highlight one of the NCSAM themes and post an article or two for National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Change Your Profile Photo — Change your profile or Facebook cover photo with the NCSAM logo for the month.
You can visit the Stay Safe Online website for more ways to get involved with this year's NCSAM as well as find access to more cybersecurity resources.
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