This month marks the 14th annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month and the 7th anniversary of the STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ campaign!
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month which is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether we realize it or not. National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity, provide them with tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increase the resiliency of the Nation in the event of a cyber incident.
NCSAM 2017 will focus on a different cybersecurity issue for each week in October.
- Week 1: October 2-6 – STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Simple Steps to Online Safety.
This week's focus: All members of the public can take some simple actions to protect themselves online and to recover in the event a cyber incident occurs. Week 1 will address the top consumer cybersecurity concerns, provide simple steps to protect against these concerns, and help the public understand what to do if they fall victim to cybercrime.
(We'll expand on these next few weeks' themes in upcoming blogs.)
- Week 2: October 9-13 – Cybersecurity in the Workplace is Everyone’s Business
- Week 3: October 16-20 – Today’s Predictions for Tomorrow’s Internet
- Week 4: October 23-27 – The Internet Wants YOU: Consider a Career in Cybersecurity
- Week 5: October 30-31 – Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Threats
REMEMBER: All of us have a role in securing our part of cyberspace, including the devices and networks we use. Use this month's focus on cyber security to jump-start your efforts at keeping our cyberspace safe and secure all year long.
Visit these cyber resources for comprehensive guidance on maintaining your personal and business cyber security:
- United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team
- DHS: National Cyber Security Awareness Month Site
Image credit: https://staysafeonline.org/ncsam/