National Cyber Security Awareness Month

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The overarching theme for National Cyber Security Awareness Month is “Our Shared Responsibility,” which reflects the interconnectedness of the modern world and the message that all computer users have a role in securing cyberspace.

Through a series of events and initiatives across the country, Awareness Month engages public and private sector partners to raise awareness and educate Americans about cybersecurity, and increase the resiliency of the Nation and its cyber infrastructure.

Americans can follow a few simple steps to keep themselves, their personal assets, and private information safe online. This year, we will also prominently feature a different critical cybersecurity issue each week in October.

Week One:
Stop.Think.Connect
Emphasizes general cybersecurity awareness with events highlighting the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign

Week Two:
Education / Workforce
Showcases the urgent need to develop cyber education programs to train the next generation cyber workforce

Week Three:
Cyber Crime
Focuses on national and local efforts to prevent identity theft and other cyber crimes

Week Four:
Small Business
Highlights strategies small- and medium-sized business owners can use to bolster their own cybersecurity defenses

Do Your Part
Here are a few simple things businesses, schools, and home users can do to practice cybersecurity during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and throughout the year:

•Find or register a local National Cyber Security Awareness Month event on our official calendar.

•Show your organization’s commitment to cybersecurity by signing the online endorsement form and becoming a National Cyber Security Awareness Month Champion.

•Download tip sheets on how to stay safe in a variety of online settings: on social networking sites, on gaming sites, on your mobile device, and distribute them within your community.

•Participate in the NCSA’s Cyber Security Awareness Volunteer Education (C-SAVE) Program and help educate elementary, middle, and high school students about Internet safety and security.

•Add a signature block to your e-mail: “October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Stay Safe Online!