October marks National Cyber Security Awareness Month—an national effort to promote protecting our digital lives. According to StaySafeOnline.org, “Tens of thousands of NCSAM participants across the country will be doing their part by posting safety and security tips on social networks, educating their customers and employees, engaging in traditional media, displaying posters, posting tips, holding events, and much more.”
Although IT Professionals primarily focus on securing personal data and avoiding data breaches within companies, NCSA aims to raise cyber security literacy among all users. In fact, this year’s NCSA theme is “our shared responsibility”.
StaySafeOnline.org notes, “No individual, business, or government entity is solely responsible for securing the Internet. Everyone has a role in securing their part of cyberspace, including the devices and networks they use. Individual actions have a collective impact and when we use the Internet safely we make it more secure for everyone. If each of us does our part—implementing stronger security practices, raising comm
unity awareness, educating young people, training employees—together we will be a more resilient and safer digital society.” The website offers the mantra “Stop. Think. Connect” as a starting point for securing our digital lives. For those new to cyber security, the site has compiled a glossary of terms including phrases unknown to novices such as cookies and bandwidth.
The month-long event raises awareness of a wide-range of cyber issues from cyber-bullying to malware and financial security and targets individual users, small businesses, and corporations. Those championing awareness this month include: AT&T, Raytheon, McAfee, Cyber Data-Risk Managers LLC, Bank of America, Facebook, Microsoft, AllClear ID Alert Network, VeraCode, SiteLock, and many, many more. To facilitate discussion among professionals, several national cyber security conferences will be held. For a complete listing of events, participating companies, and resources, check out StaySafeOnline.org’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month website.