Plan Ahead – October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).  This annual campaign helps to raise awareness about cybersecurity and is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives.  The shared NCSAM goal is raising awareness about cybersecurity and increasing the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident.  Now is the time to start thinking about what you may want to do…

Each week during the month of October, NCSAM will offer a focus theme that outlines simple things that you can do and discussions that you can have within your program or water system.

Week 1:  Stop. Think. Connect:  Best Practices for All Digital Citizens…share simple ways to be safe online and actions to take if a cyber incident occurs.

Week 2:  Creating a Culture of Cybersecurity in the Workplace…highlight how to establish a culture of cybersecurity through education, training, and awareness.

Week 3:  Recognizing and Combating Cybercrime…generate awareness about cybercrime, current threats facing online users, and showcase steps needed to better protect digital citizens.

Week 4:  Smart Technologies in a Cutting-Edge World…focus on interfacing with innovative, emerging technologies and provide insight about security, safety, and privacy.

Week 5:  Building Resiliency through Critical Infrastructure…discuss how critical infrastructure now relies heavily on technology and cybersecurity to work efficiently and effectively in our communities.

More details about these themed discussions will be available in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile…Get Involved!…Here are four easy ways for you and your organization to get involved in this year’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month:

  1. Share the #CyberAware hashtag. The hashtag for NCSAM will be #CyberAware – we encourage you to use this hashtag in social media to promote your organization’s involvement in raising cybersecurity awareness online.
  2. Join the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign by becoming an official Campaign partner. Non-profit, government, and academic organizations can officially join the DHS Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign by becoming a Campaign Partner. There is no cost to join. Click here for more information. Private sector companies can join the Campaign through the National Cyber Security Alliance.
  3. Sign up for the Stop.Think.Connect. Monthly Friends Newsletter. Receive the latest cyber news and NCSAM updates right to your inbox here.
  4. Plan to host a cyber event in October. Reach out to stopthinkconnect@dhs.gov for more information about the resources available to you and your organization.

Please visit the National Cyber Security Awareness Month website for the latest information and more ways to get involved.

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