October Is Cyber Security Awareness Month

Pumpkins, ghosts, and goblins…and cybersecurity? Of course! October isn’t just for trick-or-treat and fancy flavored lattes, it’s also National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. 

First launched by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2004, now in its thirteenth year, NCSAM is an annual awareness event that can help all types of stakeholders protect themselves.

The goal of NCSAM extends far beyond October, of course. This year’s theme, “Our Shared Responsibility,” is aimed at helping everyone understand that all citizens, regardless of their professional expertise (or lack thereof) when it comes to cybersecurity, have a role to play in protecting themselves and their data.

In addition to the overall topic, NCSAM also has weekly themes and activities:

  • Week 1: October 2-6 Simple Steps to Online Safety
  • 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

From the most basic user to a highly-skilled computer engineer, there are aspects of cybersecurity that require support from everyone, and they’re all a key part of NCSAM. That’s why the Department of Homeland Security has established three important ways to get involved this year.

First, arm yourself with up-to-date information by signing up to receive the Stop.Think.Connect. monthly Friends Newsletter. This newsletter contains hints and tips that apply to any level of internet user, as well as news about the latest threats.

You can also become an official partner of the Stop.Think.Connect. campaign. If your business wants to get the word out, it’s easy to join the event.

You don’t have to be a business owner or IT professional to help share the news about cybersecurity. The more people who are in the know, the less likely hackers are to be successful, especially at forms of attack that rely on user error to infect. Spread the word about cybersecurity by sharing resources from the Stop.Think.Connect. Toolkit.

To learn more about upcoming information and events, visit the NCSAM website at StaySafeOnline.org/ncsam.

Contact the Identity Theft Resource Center for toll-free, no-cost assistance at (888) 400-5530. For on-the-go assistance, check out the free ID Theft Help App from ITRC.

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