National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Story by U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Graphic:(U.S. Defense Department graphic by Jessica L. Tozer/Released)

(U.S. Defense Department graphic by Jessica L. Tozer/Released)

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and it is an opportunity to engage public and private sector stakeholders – especially the general public – to create a safe, secure, and resilient cyber environment. Everyone has to play a role in cybersecurityConstantly evolving cyber threats require the engagement of the entire nation — from government and law enforcement to the private sector and most importantly, the public.

Cyberspace is woven into the fabric of our daily lives and the world is more interconnected today than ever before. We enjoy the benefits and convenience that cyberspace provides as we shop from home online, bank using our smart phones, and interact with friends from around the world through social networks. The Department of Homeland Security is committed to raising cybersecurity awareness across the nation and to working across all levels of government, the private sector, and internationally to protect against and respond to cyber incidents.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center.

Through a series of events and initiatives across the country, National Cybersecurity 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.

Do Your Part

Together, we can maintain a cyberspace that is safer and more resilient, and that remains a source of tremendous opportunity and growth for years to come.

To get involved:

  • Find or register a local event on the official calendar.
  • Get information on how your government, law enforcement, business, school, or organization can take action during NCSAM.
  • Teach elementary, middle, and high school students about Internet safety and security.
  • Follow @cyber, @DHSgov, and post cybersecurity tips, news, and resources highlighting NCSAM on social media sites.

Year-Round Tips and Resources

The public can follow simple steps to keep themselves, their personal assets, and private information safe online. The Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign Toolkit offers tips and resources all year long to the following demographics:

For more information on how Internet users can do to practice cybersecurity during the month and throughout the year visit Stop.Think.Connect.

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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month