Observed every October, Cybersecurity Awareness Month is an opportunity for everyone – from national government to businesses to everyday citizens – to come together in support of better online security. This campaign began in 2004 and is spearheaded by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
This year’s theme has been defined as follows:
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.
In addition to defining a theme, the NCSA has also outlined a focus for each week of the month.
- October 1 and 2: Official Kick-off
- Week of October 5 (Week 1): If You Connect It, Protect It
- Week of October 12 (Week 2): Securing Devices at Home and Work
- Week of October 19 (Week 3): Securing Internet-Connected Devices in Healthcare
- Week of October 26 (Week 4): The Future of Connected Devices
To help you get involved through a little light reading, we’ve curated a list of our previous blog posts that relate to the NCSA’s weekly topics:
- 10 Tips for Better Internet Safety
- Simple Steps to Manage Your Digital Footprint
- Identity Theft in a Digital World
- A Simple Guide to Making Strong and Unique Passwords
- Protecting Your House with IoT Devices
- How Safe is Free Wi-Fi?
- How to Keep Your Browsing Information Untraceable
- How To Keep Your Phone Secure While Traveling
- Benefits of Healthcare Data Collection
- Dangers of Healthcare Data Collection
For more ways to get involved in Cybersecurity Awareness Month, check out NCSA’s Stay Safe Online website.