October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), which raises awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. This annual campaign engages and educates public and private sector partners through events and initiatives, provides tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increases the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident.
The 2017 NCSAM theme is Our Shared Responsibility
and each week has a focus:
- Week 1 (October 2 –6): Simple Steps to Online Safety - provide simple steps to protect against top consumer cybersecurity concerns, and help the public understand what to do if they fall victim to cybercrime.
- Week 2 (October 9 – 13): Cybersecurity in the Workplace is Everyone’s Business – showcase how organizations can protect against the most common cyber threats and strengthen their cyber resilience, including the use of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework.
- Week 3 (October 16 – 20): Today’s Predictions for Tomorrow’s Internet - remind citizens that their sensitive, personal information is the fuel that makes smart devices work. It is critical to understand how to use these cutting-edge innovations in safe and secure ways.
- Week 4 (October 23 – 27): The Internet Wants You: Consider a Career in Cybersecurity - encourage students and other job seekers to explore cybersecurity careers.
- Week 5 (October 30-31): Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Threats - look at cybersecurity in relation to keeping our traffic lights, running water, phone lines, and other critical infrastructure secure.
The Stop.Think.Connect. Toolkit provides resources to help you stay safe online and host your own cyber event. Materials include ready-made cyber presentations, tip cards, and more.
To show your support, register as a NCSAM Champion – it is free! You can also use the hashtag #CyberAware – both before and during the month of October to promote your involvement in raising cybersecurity awareness through social media. You may find additional cybersecurity information at www.stopthinkconnect.org.