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October 31, 2017

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This annual campaign focuses on the ways in which information security touches all of our lives. With a goal of engaging and educating the public and private sector about information security, National Cyber Security Awareness Month features five weeks of relevant themes and topics:

Week 1: October 2-6, 2017: Simple Steps to Online Safety

All members of the public can take some simple actions to protect themselves online and to recover in the event a cyber incident occurs.  Week 1 will address the top consumer cybersecurity concerns, provide simple steps to protect against these concerns, and help the public understand what to do if they fall victim to cybercrime.

Week 2: October 9-13, 2017: Cybersecurity in the Workplace is Everyone’s Business

Creating a culture of cybersecurity is critical for all organizations‒large and small businesses, academic institutions, non-profits, and government agencies–and must be a shared responsibility among all employees. Week 2 will showcase how organizations can protect against the most common cyber threats. The week will also examine resources to help organizations strengthen their cyber resilience, including the use of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework.

Week 3: October 16-20, 2017: Today’s Predictions for Tomorrow’s Internet

Smart cities, connected devices, digitized records, as well as smart cars and homes have become a new reality. Week 3 will remind citizens that their sensitive, personal information is the fuel that makes smart devices work. While there are tremendous benefits to this technology, it is critical to understand how to use these cutting-edge innovations in safe and secure ways.

Week 4: October 23-27, 2017: The Internet Wants YOU: Consider a Career in Cybersecurity

It is critical that today’s students graduate ready to enter the workforce to fill available cybersecurity positions. Week 4 will encourage students and other job seekers to explore cybersecurity careers. Key influencers–like parents, teachers, guidance counselors and state and local officials–will learn more about this field and how to engage youth in pursuing cybersecurity careers.

Week 5: October 30-31, 2017: Building Resilience in Critical Infrastructure

The essential systems that support our daily lives–such as electricity, financial institutions, and transportation–are all dependent upon the Internet. Building resilience in critical infrastructure is crucial to our national security.  Week 5 will look at cybersecurity in relation to keeping our traffic lights, running water, phone lines, and other critical infrastructure secure. It will also facilitate the transition to November’s Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month (CISR), highlighting the tie between cybersecurity and our nation’s critical infrastructure.

Ways to Get Involved:

National Cyber Security Awareness Month takes place each October and is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center.