The month of October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) – an annual campaign to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. The critical systems we use in our daily lives– such as electricity, banks, and transportation – all require the Internet. Ensuring these systems remain secure requires us all to do our part. By taking simple actions, you can protect yourself and recover in the event a cyber incident occurs. Throughout the month, we are committed to raising awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. Each week will feature a new theme and tip card.
- Week 1: October 2-6 – Theme: Simple Steps to Online Safety
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.
- Week 2: October 9-13 – Theme: Cybersecurity in the Workplace is Everyone’s Business
Week 2 will showcase how organizations can protect against the most common cyber threats. The week will also look at resources to help agencies strengthen their cyber resilience, including the use of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework.
- Week 3: October 16-20 – Theme: Today’s Predictions for Tomorrow’s Internet
Week 3 will remind residents that their sensitive, personal information is the fuel that makes smart devices work. While there are tremendous benefits of this technology, it is critical to understand how to use these cutting-edge innovations in safe and secure ways.
- Week 4: October 23-27 – Theme: The Internet Wants YOU: Consider a Career in Cybersecurity
Week 4 will encourage students and other job seekers to explore cybersecurity careers. Key influencers – like parents, teachers, guidance counselors and state and local officials – will learn more about this growing field and how to engage youth in pursuing cybersecurity careers.
- Week 5: October 30-31 – Theme: Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Threats
Week 5 will look at cybersecurity in relation to keeping our traffic lights, running water, phone lines, and other critical infrastructure secure. It also facilitates the transition to November’s Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month (CISR), highlighting the tie between cybersecurity and our nation’s critical infrastructure.