National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
October is the 17th National Cybersecurity Awareness Month—How to raise employee vigilance
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), and it’s the perfect time to raise employee vigilance about cybersecurity. With remote work now an everyday part of how many organizations are conducting business, you need employees to be more attentive to cybersecurity than ever. This year's themes of “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart” and “If You Connect It, Protect It” are designed to encourage individual accountability for cybersecurity.
NCSAM is jointly sponsored by the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Cybersecurity Alliance, which fosters public-private partnerships. Thanks to this collaboration between the federal government and industry, there are a raft of materials available to help you promote cybersecurity awareness, including eleven ready-made tip sheets available at National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2020.
For a streamlined way to take advantage of these resources, you can send employees a new training tip sheet every week during NCSAM. And there's no reason you can't continue to make use of them later in the year. Depending on your employee population, you may want to select from within these groupings, or pick and choose among them:
- Home and personal online security
- Cybersecurity at work
- Online activity
- Preventing common scams
The NCSAM 2020 site also contains graphics you can use in social media posts to highlight the message.
If you are tasked with educating your employee base about basic cybersecurity topics, please review CISA’s NCSAM 2020 Partner Presentation. The presentation includes an overview of 9 cyberattack methods and techniques, as well as tips to help users stay secure online.
DHS, STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Toolkit (contains additional resources for different audiences, including students and older people)