National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) kicks off on October 1st.  This initiative, sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, hopes to both remind and inform the public of the importance of staying safe and secure online.   Cyberspace is now ever-present in all facets of our lives and affects us all.  This year marks the 10th anniversary of this nationwide campaign.  The ITRC is proud to once again be a champion of this important initiative and has dedicated several special activities to help spread awareness.  Check out the calendar below for a list of ways that the ITRC is helping to promote National Cyber Security Awareness Month.


Week/Theme Description Activity

Week 1 October 1-6, 2013

10 Years & Beyond: General Online Safety & STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

The next ten years in cybersecurity are critical to ensure a safe, secure, resilient cyberspace where the American way of life can thrive. Given the stakes we must remain focused on meeting the challenges of the next ten years.

10/1 ITRC will be participating in SDG&E's Cybersecurity and Privacy Townhall

10/1 ITRC will be participating in NCSAM kick-off activities

10/1 Post Blog: How Far We Have Come

10/2 NCSAM Pinterest Board

10/3 Regular Twitter Chat on NCSAM


Week 2 October 7-13, 2013

Being Mobile: Online Safety & Security 


Emphasizes the importance of cybersecurity no matter where you are or what device you are using.

10/8 Post Blog: Tablet Security

10/10 ITRC will be participating in Securing Our eCity's CyberFest 2013 - The Truth about Cybersecurity in San Diego


Week 3: October 14-20, 2013

Cyber Education and the Next Generation of Cyber Leaders


Highlights the importance of fostering the next generation cyber workforce through education and training.

10/15 Post Blog: Co-habitating Workspace

10/16 Post NCSAM ID Theft Protection Tip

Week 4: October 21-27, 2013


Focuses on national and local efforts to prevent traditional crimes like theft, fraud, and abuse that can also take place online.

10/22 Post Blog: Cybercrime Resource List

10/24 Special Edition Twitter Chat on Cybercrime

Week 5: October 28-31, 2013

Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure

Highlights the growing intersection between cyber and physical security when protecting the Nation’s critical infrastructure. 10/29 Post Blog:  Cybsecurity - Keep it going all year long

Additional resources for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month:

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

To get involved:

  • Find or register a local event on the official calendar.
  • Get information on how your government, law enforcement, business, school, or organization can take action during NCSAM.
  • Teach elementary, middle, and high school students about Internet safety and security.
  • Follow @cyber, @DHSgov, and post cybersecurity tips, news, and resources highlighting NCSAM on social media sites.

National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA)


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