October 1 marks the first day of the 12th annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) — a collaborative effort among government organizations, businesses of all sizes, educational institutions, nonprofits, and consumers to ensure everyone has the resources they need to be safe online. Under leadership from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), NCSAM focuses on “Our Shared Responsibility” to promote a safer, more secure, and more trusted Internet.
Each week throughout October NCSA will focus on a different cybersecurity issue or theme. We encourage individuals, communities, and organizations to engage with the themes most relevant to them and join the global effort to spread cybersecurity and online safety awareness.
Five Years of STOP. THINK. CONNECT.: Best Practices for All Digital Citizens
NCSAM will launch with a focus on making STOP. THINK. CONNECT. a guiding principle to help us have safer, more secure digital lives.
Creating a Culture of Cybersecurity at Work
All businesses face cybersecurity challenges. This week we will encourage businesses to proactively establish cultures of cybersecurity through employee education, risk management, planning, and tools.
Connected Communities and Families: Staying Protected While We Are Always Connected
Cybersecurity means staying protected in all of the ways we connect. This week we will share ways you can protect yourself and your family and what to do if you are a victim of a breach or cybercrime.
Your Evolving Digital Life
We are transitioning from an Internet of individuals connecting to technology to an Internet in which everything is connected. Securing this emerging Internet of countless devices is a challenge. This week will highlight how you can protect your evolving digital life.
Building the Next Generation of Cyber Professionals
One of the greatest risks to cybersecurity is a shortage of professionals to protect the networks we create. This week we will provide information about cybersecurity careers and showcase the need for ongoing Internet safety and security education to promote cyber literacy for digital citizens.