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National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October 1 - October 31

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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day 1 of October, repeating indefinitely

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), which makes this the perfect time to focus on a broader aspect of your organization’s cyber defenses: making sure employees are staying safe online. You’ve worked on hiring the right full-time cyber professionals using the Cybersecurity Workforce Development Toolkit, but your organization also needs all of your employees to practice safe behavior online.

NCSAM is a good opportunity to encourage every employee in your organization to do their part in protecting your information and networks. Sharing simple steps – such as enabling stronger authentication of online accounts, being thoughtful about what emails to open and what links to click, and setting strong passwords – can help employees better protect themselves and your organization.

Here are three ways your organization can get involved in NCSAM today:

  1. Join the Campaign.
  • Sign up to receive the Stop.Think.Connect.™ Monthly Friends Newsletter and receive the latest cyber news and tips directly to your inbox here  – then share these tips with your employees.
  • Government agencies, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations can also become official partners of the Department of Homeland Security’s ongoing Cybersecurity Awareness Program, the Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign. To learn more about the benefits of joining, emailstopthinkconnect@dhs.gov.
  1. Organize a #CyberAware event.
  • Raise awareness of the importance of cybersecurity within your organization by hosting a cyber event during October. Download and print cybermaterials from the Stop.Think.Connect.™ Toolkit (including prepared presentations and tip cards) to start an online safety discussion.
  1. Spread the #CyberAware message on social media.
  • You can also help spread the word outside your organization by using the NCSAM 2016 hashtag #CyberAware in social media messages before and during the month. Start by sharing this sample post on Twitter: “October is National #CyberAware Month! Find out how to get involved at www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month

To learn more about NCSAM and the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign, visit www.dhs.gov/StopThinkConnect and www.dhs.gov/National-Cyber-Security-Awareness-Month.

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