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Information Technology Services

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Cybersecurity Awareness Month – observed every October – was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources, they need to stay safer and more secure online.

Since its original inception under leadership from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), Cybersecurity Awareness Month has grown exponentially, reaching consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions, and young people across the nation. Now in its 17th year, Cybersecurity Awareness Month continues to build momentum and impact co-led by NCSA and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA).

The overarching theme for Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2020 is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” The theme empowers individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace, with a particular emphasis on the key message for 2020: “If you connect it, protect it.”  If everyone does their part – implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating vulnerable audiences, or training employees – our interconnected world will be safer and more resilient for everyone.

No individual, business, or government entity is solely responsible for securing the Internet. Everyone has a role in securing their part of cyberspace, including the devices and networks they use. Individual actions have a collective impact and when we use the Internet safely, we make it more secure for everyone. If each of us does our part (implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating young people, training employees), together we will be a safer and more resilient digital society.

This October as we encourage all users to own their role in protecting connected devices. “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” 

Weekly themes include:

October 5 - 9 (Week 1): If You Connect It, Protect It and Fishing and Phishing

October 12 - 16 (Week 2): Securing Devices at Home and Work and The Many Forms of Malware

October 19- 23 (Week 3): Securing Internet-Connected Devices in Healthcare and Social Engineering (and all its moving parts)

October 26 - 30 (Week 4): The Future of Connected Devices and Your data is Valuable Protect it!

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Last Modified:   Fri, October 16, 2020 8:20 AM CDT