October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Recognizing the importance of cybersecurity to our nation, President Obama designated October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month. National Cyber Security Awareness Month is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity and increasing the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. 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.

What You Can do Now…

Use the National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2015 hashtag #CyberAware in your social media messages.

Join the weekly National Cyber Security Awareness Month Twitter Chat series on Thursdays in October at 3pm EST using #ChatSTC.

See what National Cyber Security Awareness Month activities are taking place in your area.

Find information on how your government, law enforcement, business, school, or organization can take action.

Teach elementary, middle, and high school students about Internet safety and security.

Post cybersecurity tips, news, and resources highlighting National Cyber Security Awareness Month on social media sites.

What You Can Do Throughout the Year…

Americans can follow simple steps to keep themselves, their assets, and their personal information safe online. Here are a few tips all Internet users can leverage to practice cybersecurity during National Cyber Security Awareness Month and throughout the year:

  • Set strong passwords and don’t share them with anyone.
  • Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized by installing updates.
  • Maintain an open dialogue with your family, friends, and community about Internet safety.
  • Limit the amount of personal information you post online and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely.
  • Be cautious about what you receive or read online—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

For tips and resources you can use and share throughout the year, visit the DHS Stop.Think.Connect Toolkit and find resources for the following demographics:

Students K-8, 9-12, and Undergraduate        Parents and Educators

Young Professionals                                           Older Americans

Government                                                         Industry

Small Business                                                    Law Enforcement

For more information on how to practice cybersecurity during National Cyber Security Awareness Month and throughout the year, visit Stop.Think.Connect. or contact stopthinkconnect@dhs.gov for more information.

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