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Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart: October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2020 is here!

Led by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), NCSAM, now in its 17th year, highlights the role individuals play in keeping us all safe online.

With more and more of our lives going virtual, this October is the ideal time for all Americans to unite behind the 2020 NCSAM theme—“Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart” This theme encourages citizens to own their role in cybersecurity and do their part in protecting cyberspace. NCSAM emphasizes the vulnerability of all online devices and the necessity of keeping them up-to-date and secure.

This month, NCSAM will focus on four key areas:

  • Week 1: If you Connect It, Protect It. NCSAM’s first week addresses how online devices have impacted our lives, empowering all users to take the right steps to reduce risk.
  • Week 2: Securing Devices at Home and Work. NCSAM’s second week focuses on steps individuals and organizations can take to protect online devices for personal and professional use.
  • Week 3 Securing Internet-Connected Devices in Health Care. NCSAM’s third week examines health care device use and how consumers and industry can secure these devices.
  • Week 4: The Future of Connected Devices. NCSAM’s final week looks to the future of smart devices and addresses how technological can change consumers’ and business’ online experiences. 

With so many people working remotely, don’t treat cybersecurity like a taboo subject. CISA has simple, straightforward tips on how you can be more safe and secure online. Visit the NCSAM resource page to learn

  • How to protect yourself while working, learning, or playing at home
  • How to stay cybersecure while traveling
  • How to identify and guard against online fraud and scams
  • How to enable extra security measures like multi-factor identification
  • How to create strong passwords
  • And more

As physical security and cybersecurity grow more linked, you can help others stay safer and more secure online. Use these tools and the NCSAM message to help friends and family, or any group or community you belong to, to teach basic steps to improve how they use smart devices. There are many ways to spread the word this month:

  • Do you have a cybersecurity background and would like to share your knowledge? Meet virtually with your favorite non-profit, charity, or your local PTA, and volunteer to help them enhance their cybersecurity posture. Other options include blogging about cybersecurity, or hosting a webinar on how to enable multi-factor authentication, set up a VPN, and other best practices.
  • You don’t need any special computer knowledge to get the word out. Actions can be as simple as discussing cybersecurity with friends and family, especially with more vulnerable populations like children, teens, and seniors. Make them aware of simple cybersecurity steps that CISA highlights in our resources.
  • Are you a social media influencer, or do you just enjoy posting and chatting with friends and family on social media? You can also follow CISA on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, and use the NCSAM hashtag #BeCyberSmart, to help promote cybersecurity awareness across the United States.

These are great ways to make your voice heard and show your support for NCSAM and NCSAM-related activities this month. Please email the CISA NCSAM Team with any questions, and check out links to other CISA resources to learn more about good cybersecurity practices you can put to use this October and throughout the year.