Held every October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort between government, academia and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safe and secure online while increasing the resilience of the Nation against cyber threats. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) co-lead NCSAM.
CSIAC proudly joins the NCSA, CISA, and numerous of other organizations in celebrating NCSAM. CSIAC acknowledges that the line between our online and offline lives is nearly indistinguishable. In these tech-fueled times, our homes, societal well-being, economic prosperity and nation’s security are impacted by the internet. Which is why we’re so excited to announce we are launching a series of activities during NCSAM to help raise cybersecurity awareness. During the entire month of October, you will have the chance to participate in and receive a variety of resources to help you better understand cyber security and the simple steps you can take to protect yourself, your family and your organization. Our goal is to enable you to make the most of today’s technology in a safer and more secure environment.
If you have any questions about our activities in October or suggestions on how to improve our cybersecurity resources, please submit your feedback here on this page. We will be happy to hear from you.
The 16th annual NCSAM has an overarching theme of ‘Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.’
This year’s NCSAM is focused on encouraging personal accountability and proactive behavior in security best practices, digital privacy and drawing attention to careers in cybersecurity. NCSAM 2019 will address the following online safety messages and identify opportunities for behavioral change:
The number of devices connected to the Internet is increasing at an exponential rate, and this makes it even more important to understand your digital profile and the potential for cybersecurity threats. OWN your online safety by taking proactive steps to ensure your information is secure.
Understand your digital profile.
Internet-based devices are present in every aspect of our lives: at home, school, work, and on the go. Constant connection provides opportunities for innovation and modernization. But constant connection also presents the potential for cybersecurity threats that can compromise your most important personal information. Understand the devices and applications you use every day to help keep you and your information safe and secure. Avoid the use of free or open Wi-Fi networks, which cybercriminals often exploit.
Technology is evolving, as are the tactics used by cybercriminals to obtain your, your family’s, or your company’s data for financial gain. SECURE your devices and accounts with added layers of security.
Secure your digital profile.
Cybercriminals are very good at getting personal information from unsuspecting victims and criminal methods evolve with technology. Protect against cyber threats by learning about security features available on the equipment and software you use. Apply additional layers of security to your devices – like Multi-Factor Authentication – to better protect your personal information.
Understanding how to keep your digital profile safe will help protect you from cybercrime. The ways cybercriminals can gain access to your information is constantly evolving, which means everyone must work to PROTECT their information by practicing good cyber hygiene at home and in the workplace.
Maintain your digital profile.
Every click, share, send, and post you make creates a digital trail that can be exploited by cybercriminals. To protect yourself from becoming a victim of cybercrime you must understand, secure and maintain your digital profile. Be familiar with and routinely check social media platform privacy settings to help protect your privacy and limit cybercrimes. Cybersecurity is an ongoing practice that evolves with the technology landscape.
CSIAC NCSAM 2019 RESOURCES:
- Cyber Awareness Video Podcast Series
- CSIAC Report on Mobile Security
- CSIAC Report and Video Podcast on Reducing Your Digital Footprint
- CSIAC Journal: Resilient Industrial Control Systems (ICS) & Cyber Physical Systems (CPS)
- CSIAC Report: Malvertising Explored
- CSIAC Report: Cultivating Cybersecurity Talent Internally
CSIAC will be adding to this list throughout the month of October, check back often to receive the latest resources.
Previous NCSAM weekly theme pages:
- Simple Steps to Online Safety
- Cybersecurity in the Workplace is Everyone’s Business
- Today’s Predictions for Tomorrow’s Internet
- The Internet Wants YOU: Consider a Career in Cybersecurity
- Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Threats
- Make Your Home a Haven for Online Safety
- Millions of Rewarding Jobs: Educating for a Career in Cybersecurity
- It’s Everyone’s Job to Ensure Online Safety at Work
- Safeguarding the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure