National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) kicked off on October 1st with the theme of Our Shared Responsibility, marking the 14th year for this important collaboration between government and industry. The goal of NCSAM is to ensure that every citizen has the knowledge to stay safer and more secure online, while also reminding everyone that we all have a role in securing this shared resource.
This effort is powered by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), which provides valuable resources all year long to consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, large corporations, educational institutions and young people all across the country.
Under the banner of NCSAM is the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. campaign, which promotes multiple capstone concepts that are critical to online safety. These include “Keep a Clean Machine”, “Be Web Wise”, “Own Your Online Presence” and “Lock Down Your Login”, among others.
Other pillars of this initiative include Stay Safe Online – which provides online safety basics, privacy tips and more – and CyberSecure My Business, a comprehensive national program led by the NCSA to help businesses of all sizes.
Nearly everyone is an online consumer now, even the youngest amongst us. We lead interconnected, digital lives. Which means that educating all consumers about cybersecurity and online safety has never been more important. Online safety matters at home, at work, at school and everywhere in between.
From a business perspective, we know that human error – a bad click on a phishing email, a vulnerable password, etc. – is a major factor in about half (or more) of all data breaches within small and medium sized businesses. We also know that employee education and training are a major factor in avoiding becoming a victim to many of the most common types of cyber attacks.
But perhaps most important of all is the understanding that cybersecurity today is everyone’s responsibility. Cybersecurity is no longer just an IT conversation – it’s a priority initiative that must be embraced by the entire organization (and by every internet consumer).
NCSAM Weekly Themes
Each week, NCSAM will focus on a different theme, providing resources, events and more in an effort to increase our awareness around the topic. The themes for 2017 are:
Week 1: OCT 2-6 – STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Simple Steps to Online Safety
Developing good cyber habits is a must for anyone who is going to use the internet. Week 1 will focus on the best ways to protect against today’s persistent threats.
Week 2: OCT 9-13 – Cybersecurity in the Workplace is Everybody’s Responsibility
Week 2 will showcase how businesses of all types and sizes can protect their brand, their employees and their customers against the most common types of cyber threats.
Week 3: OCT 16-20 – Today’s Predictions for Tomorrow’s Internet
Week 3 will remind you that your personal data is the fuel that makes smart devices work. Learn how to use this cutting-edge technology in a safe, responsible manner.
Week 4: Oct 23-27: The Internet Wants You: Consider a Career in Cybersecurity
According to a study by the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, by 2022, there will be a shortage of 1.8 million information security workers. It is essential that we graduate students entering the workforce to fill the vast number of positions available and use technology, safely, securely, ethically and productively. Week 4 will encourage students and professionals to explore cybersecurity as a viable and rewarding profession.
Week 5: Oct 30-31: Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Threats
The systems that support our daily lives – such as electricity, financial institutions and transportation – are increasingly dependent upon the internet. Building resilience in critical infrastructure is crucial to our national security.
You can get involved too! Whether it’s at work, at home, at school or in the community there are numerous ways you can support NCSAM. That includes becoming a NCSAM Champion, displaying NCSAM resources, educating yourself about online privacy, teaching children to build strong online habits, organizing a lunch event to talk about cybersecurity, and much more.
Check out this infographic they created, highlighting the various ways to get involved.
You can even search their website to find NCSAM events happening near you.
Corsica is Proud to be a NCSAM Champion
We are proud to be an official Champion of National Cyber Security Month 2017.
As a Champion committed to creating a broader culture of cyber awareness, we’ll be sharing the NCSAM resources, helping to highlight their weekly themes, providing you with recaps, tips and other news, and overall helping to build awareness for this important initiative.
No individual, business or government entity is solely responsible for securing the internet. Instead, every single one of us has a role in securing their part of cyberspace, via the devices and networks we use. When each of us does our part – implementing stronger security practices, creating a culture of cyber-awareness, investing in education and training for staff and students – together we will be a digital society safer and more resistant from attacks than ever before.