National Cyber Security Awareness Month
NCSA Board of Directors, Partner Organizations and Champions National Cyber Security Awareness Month Highlights
NCSAM would not have been so brilliantly successful in 2015 if it wasn't for the efforts and dedication of our Board, Partners and Champions. In this blog, we take a look back at what they did last October.
The National Cyber Security Alliance is thrilled to share the 2015 National Cyber Security Awareness Month successes.
National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2015 was an unprecedented success. We'd love to hear about your organization's efforts during the month.
Connected devices are fast becoming a dime a dozen. From cars to cameras to watches, the Internet of Things (IoT) presents amazing new opportunities while introducing additional security challenges. Ultimately, proper attention to security is one of the best ways an enterprise can best serve its customers.
Kids need to understand both the risks and benefits of cyber technology, so that they can build it far beyond our imagination in the future, just like how the Internet's founders built the foundation for what we have now.
Today cybersecurity is one of the most important fields in technology and yet, despite its importance, many women and professionals of color are largely unaware that this career opportunity exists.
62 percent of organizations worldwide need more cybersecurity professionals at a time when the global cybersecurity talent gap is widening. Employers are looking towards young adults, a generation raised behind a keyboard, as a prime piece of the solution.
As National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) comes to a close, it's a great time to think about the future of jobs in the cybersecurity field. Week 5 of NCSAM is about cybersecurity education and career opportunities. In this #ChatSTC chat, we talked about what it means to be a cyber professional, shared tips for students and professionals looking to get into the cybersecurity field and discussed how young people can prepare to join the cybersecurity workforce.
Security training should foster not only the desire but also the ability to practice safe computing. Training experiences should reach beyond awareness to help users develop real skills that will help them to be cyber-safe.
Hackers will always try to find security vulnerabilities within our products, and if they find a way in, they can spread malware, take control of your systems and steal your confidential and valuable data. With your organization and customer loyalty at risk, it's vital you take all the steps you can to secure your systems.
Technology is not the only critical element of a trusted security process; a holistic security conversation includes people and processes as well.
Superheroes fuel our fantasies. But what if they really did exist? And what if you could become one yourself? Our guest blogger discusses a new superhero, Cyber Avenger, and how you can help protect the Internet.
The sheer number of white papers, conferences and PowerPoint decks touting new tools and blinking lights causes many organizations to fixate on these seemingly easy fixes to cyber breaches while ignoring the most fundamental aspect of their enterprise security. Technology alone can't defend your network: it's all about the people.
Cybercrime is an increasingly serious issue both in the United States and globally; the estimated annual cost of global cybercrime has reached $100 billion. Our guest blogger discusses the history of cybercrime, recent cyber breaches and the need for more cybersecurity professionals.
Not having enough professionals in the cyber workforce poses risks to both our national security and economy. It is essential that young people graduate from schools prepared to enter the workforce and adulthood using technology safely, securely, ethically and productively.
The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) kicked off Week 4 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) at the Nasdaq MarketSite.
Cybersecurity isn't just about protecting the IT infrastructure of a company. It's about protecting the business itself: the information, processes, procedures and day-to-day activities that define a company.
By now, it's common knowledge that the interconnectedness that stems from the Internet of Things (IoT) brings with it a multitude of benefits. But like most things in life, the benefits IoT provides come with their own set of vulnerabilities.
Have you thought about how many things in your home connect to the Internet? "Smart" devices now include everything from thermostats to cars to umbrellas, and our digital lives evolve as we connect to more apps and devices. In Week 4 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), we had a #ChatSTC chat to discuss how to protect ourselves and our information as we adopt emerging technologies.
Do you know where all the data collected about your behaviors is being stored? Do you know what it’s being used for? Chances are, you don't. And that means that existing issues of privacy and security are only going to get more complex in the IoT era.
Whether it's computer-equipped safety goggles for hands-free warehouse work, a fitness band to encourage employee activity and curtail healthcare costs or a shipping container with a temperature sensor to keep food fresh, connected devices are shifting from "gadgets" to go-to productivity tools for more effective businesses and workforces. When it comes to securing the varied connected devices that make up the Internet of Things (IoT), however, it can get a bit hairy.
In the same way you would wash your hands after contact with someone sick, there are ways to stay virus-free in the social media world.
The growing Internet of Things has the potential to make our lives more efficient and convenient and help us gain valuable insights. But that's only if the manufacturers behind these innovations take security (and privacy) seriously.
It's week 4 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which is all about Your Evolving Digital Life. This week we'll highlight where we were, where we are today and how we can keep our digital lives safer and more secure with emerging technology.
If you've ever had your information exposed in a data breach, you know it can be stressful. But what happens if your child’s personal information is exposed, too?
Forming good mobile security habits now can protect you from hackers and from expensive or dangerous situations if the wrong person gets ahold of your phone. Follow these steps to keep your phone and your personal information safe.
Online security is a shared responsibility, but how much responsibility is the typical American household taking for its online safety? ESET thought National Cyber Security Awareness Month would be a good time to pose that question and used a survey to find answers, some of which may surprise you.
There are many ways parents can educate their kids on good cyber habits, whether they're using social media, playing games or shopping online. Week 3 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month is about staying protected while we are always connected, and this #ChatSTC chat provided parents with tips on helping kids use technology more safely and securely and raising good digital citizens.
Each year, the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) tracks the consumer calls that come into its 24-hour toll-free call center to build a clear picture of the threats to the public's identity safety. The annual report, called the Aftermath report, follows up with identity theft victims who are willing to talk about how identity theft has impacted their lives and what the long-term effects may be.
We live on our smartphones, and much of our daily lives can be conducted through these computers in our pockets. It stands to reason that we should be aware of how much information these devices contain and why we need to secure them. If you want a place to start, here are three quick tips to get you on the right road to staying safe on mobile devices
Kids are now bombarded with ways in which to avoid the real world and sink into the online realm, and the more time kids spend connected, the more they risk exposure to online threats, from cyberbullying to malware. Fortunately, there are ways parents can give their kids the freedom to enjoy the benefits of connected devices while ensuring they stay safe and act responsibly.
When it comes to data security and the real-life impact of identity theft, public awareness is at an all-time high. But there is still great confusion and ignorance about what it is, how it happens and what can be done to avoid the pitfalls of life after a data breach or personal compromise. Here are a few steps you can take to change how you conduct your affairs going forward.
Today, we are all digital citizens and need a strong knowledge base and skills to safely navigate our always-connected world. This week of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), we're sharing simple ways we can protect ourselves and those around us and what to do if impacted by a breach or cybercrime.
In support of week 2 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the National Cyber Security Alliance partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Council of Better Business Bureaus and the Federal Trade Commission to host a webinar on Oct. 8 on creating a culture of cybersecurity at work.
Millions of websites are compromised and infected with various forms of malware every year. Our guest blogger gives you an overview and discusses tools that can help you in the event of a breach.
In support of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Praesidio Security Engineer Bill Creasey, shares five cybersecurity tips that any business can use to be safe online.
As we launch the third week of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), we hope you'll participate by helping promote a safer, more secure and more trusted Internet all month long. We're making it easy to support NCSAM 2015 by providing materials for each week that you can share at home, at work and school and in the community.
Organizations need to think about the realities of today's cyber world and realize that very technologically sophisticated thieves may try to steal their information. Both hackers and trusted insiders are potential threats to an organization's sensitive information.
If you're concerned about keeping your business safe online, check out these quick tips on how best to have a real impact on cybersecurity.
The 2015 Cost of Data Breach study estimates that data breaches cost U.S. organizations an average of $6.5 million. Despite this, the 2015 Annual Shred-it Security Tracker Survey shows that information security is still a declining priority among American businesses. Here's what you should know.
With a few security basics and ongoing vigilance, businesses can be aware and defend against cyber attacks. Our guest blogger from the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council shares a few key tips on protecting against social engineering attacks that should be part of your business' cybersecurity culture.
The bring your own device (BYOD) movement opens a proverbial can of worms when it comes to security. So how do agencies reconcile their need for security and their employees' dependency on their personal IP-based devices?
How can defenders cope with this barrage of social engineering opportunities? And how can businesses afford it? Here are three considerations for network defense that can strengthen any enterprise's posture against a breach from social cyber for little to no cost, allowing you to stay social AND safe.
Do your employees access their data and apps at home or on the road? Are you a small business owner who has leveraged free data storage? Do your customers log in to your website to order supplies or services?? And do you use online software services, like HR and payroll? If any of the situations above sound familiar, then in all likelihood you have a cloud-enabled service provider.
Oct. 6 is the first International #2FactorTuesday, an effort led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the FIDO Alliance designed to raise international awareness for two-factor authentication as a means of enhancing the security of online accounts.
Week 2 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2015 is underway, and this week we're focusing on creating a culture of cybersecurity at work. Cybersecurity must become a priority for every business and industry, and companies need to proactively protect their most vital assets, employees and customers.
As we launch the second week of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), we hope you'll participate by helping promote a safer, more secure and more trusted Internet all month long. We're making it easy to support NCSAM 2015 by providing materials for each week that you can share at home, at work and school and in the community.
Many businesses have intensified their focus on improved technology to strengthen IT security. However, machine-based security is only part of the picture. Here is how security-aware businesses can implement three considerations to better safeguard their information.
October 1 marks the first day of the 12th annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a collaborative effort among government organizations, businesses of all sizes, educational institutions, nonprofits and consumers to ensure everyone has the resources they need to be safe online.
National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) kicks off this Thursday, Oct. 1, and we hope you'll participate by helping promote a safer, more secure and more trusted Internet all month long. We're making it easy to support NCSAM 2015 by providing materials for each week that you can share at home, at work and school and in the community.
Are we doing all we should to educate ourselves and our children about how to be safe online? The best step in the right direction is to mark your calendar for every day in October and get ready to participate in National Cyber Security Awareness Month.
There are only two weeks until the 12th annual NCSAM, and NCSA and our partners around the world are gearing up for a large-scale effort to grow digital citizens' awareness of the steps they can take to protect themselves and others online.
EDUCAUSE and the higher education community were active participants in NCSAM 2014. Colleges and universities have continued to offer fun, creative cybersecurity and online safety activities and events for students, faculty, staff and their local communities. Here are a few highlights.
Learn how the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) participated in National Cyber Security Awareness Month this year and get some examples of how your organization can get involved in 2015.
It can't be ignored. Cybercrime is on the rise. Learn more about the layers of cybercrime and how you can help fight online threats.
Microsoft Safer Online's Internet's Most Wanted video series highlights five types of cyber threats, and we're blogging about a different threat each day this week. Learn more about today's threat, the Virus.
Learn ways to protect yourself from becoming a victim of identity theft, fraud, phishing and other crimes.
Microsoft Safer Online's Internet's Most Wanted video series highlights five types of cybercriminals and threats, and we're blogging about a different threat each day this week. Learn more about today's threat, the Spambot.
Safer Online by Microsoft''s Internet's Most Wanted video series highlights five types of cybercriminals and threats, and we're blogging about a different threat every day this week. Learn about today's threat, the Phisherman.
Microsoft's Internet's Most Wanted video series highlights five types of cybercriminals and threats. We'll be posting a different Internet's Most Wanted character every day this week. Learn more about today's threat, the Bully.
Microsoft Safer Online's Internet's Most Wanted video series highlights five types of cybercriminals and threats. We'll be posting a different Internet's Most Wanted character every day this week. Learn more about today's threat, the Identity Thief.
The National Cyber Security Alliance partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Business Executives for National Security (BENS), the Retail Industry Leaders Association and Nasdaq to close the Nasdaq market on Tuesday, Oct. 21, in honor of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. We also held a luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 22, “The Business of Cybersecurity: Lessons Learned and What’s Next?,” to discuss how the threat landscape has changed over time, the lessons learned and how industries can move forward.
Running a small business is risky, but ignoring the cybersecurity of the business is even riskier. With so much at stake, it behooves a small business owner to guard the company's assets as much as possible.
Smaller businesses can do much to minimize their cyber threat risks. Learn the steps SMBs can take to lower their risks of being targeted by cybercriminals.
Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, but they don't always have the best cybersecurity guidelines in place. We discussed ways small businesses can protect their organizations, customers and employees.
Guest blogger Katie Hurst discusses how National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) Champion organization OpenSesame is celebrating NCSAM and staying safe online every day.
According to Cisco, there will be 50 billion Internet-connected devices by 2020. The Internet of Things - the ability of objects and devices to transfer data - is changing the way we use technology. In this Twitter chat, we discussed ways to secure all of your devices that connect to the Internet.
Google recently held its second "Security at Scale" event, "The Hacker Spectrum," in alignment with National Cyber Security Awareness Month's week 2 theme of secure IT development in its discussion of "hackers."
One click has the potential to leave you vulnerable. Learn how you can #ClickSmart to protect yourself against phishing, bad URLS, infected downloads and more.
Through simple behavioral and technological changes, individuals can greatly reduce their exposure to cyber threats. This National Cyber Security Awareness Month, our guest blogger from RoboForm is celebrating by providing online safety tools and tips.
Building security into information technology products is key to improving cybersecurity. But sometimes, the software and apps we use on our devices have vulnerabilities. We'll teach you what to look for when creating and downloading these products.
We're kicking off National Cyber Security Awareness Month with a chat about the simple measures everyone can take to stay safer and more secure online.
National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2014 kicked off with a launch event in Nashville Oct. 1. Check out some of the event highlights and videos!
October 1 marks the first day of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (#NCSAM). Here is a compilation of some tweets from our launch event at the NASCIO Conference in Nashville, Tenn.
The new school year is in full swing and National Cyber Security Awareness Month is around the corner. What better time to talk to the kids in your life about online safety. Many of our readers are doing just that — and using Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online as the basis for the conversation.
One of my favorite NCSAM events was our STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Online Safety School Assembly, which took place at the Gertz-Ressler High School in Los Angeles during our Cyber Education and the Next Generation of Cyber Leaders-themed week.
For the fifth and final #ChatSTC of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, STOP. THINK. CONNECT. convened public and private sector partners in securing our critical infrastructure to discuss these essential networks and how to protect them.
Tom Flynn, Vice President, Identity and Access Security, at Gemalto North America shares a new infographic naming the top five threats facing eBanking in the United States, but most importantly, the four tips the public should follow to thwart them.
In his opening keynote presentation at the Michigan Cyber Summit on Oct. 25, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder addressed one of the most pressing cybersecurity issues facing government and industry officials - how to enhance the coordinated sharing of information about known cyber threats, especially attacks that have resulted in actual disruption or data loss.
In recognition of the fourth week of National Cyber Security Awareness Month's focus on cybercrime, STOP. THINK. CONNECT. hosted a Twitter Chat discussing ways to foil cybercriminals' attempts and what to do if you become a victim. This is an edited transcript for brevity and clarity.
For the third week of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, STOP. THINK. CONNECT. hosted a #ChatSTC with AT&T, iKeepSafe, Microsoft and Visa to provide educational resources that help youth become good online citizens, and discuss ways to pique their interest in cybersecurity related careers.
The theme of National Cyber Security Awareness Month this week is Education - raising good online citizens, fostering an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields and advancing the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.
In recognition of the second weekly theme of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, STOP. THINK. CONNECT. held a chat with the National Cyber Security Alliance and PayPal Security, which co-released a new online safety this week, along with AT&T, McAfee, Public Safety Canada, and others.
The second theme of National Cyber Security Awareness Month -- Being Mobile: Online Safety & Security -- begins today. Whether you are shopping on your tablet at the coffee shop or checking email at the airport, learn how you can keep your devices, and the personal information they carry, secure no matter where you connect to the Internet.
As STOP. THINK. CONNECT., the National Cyber Security Alliance and others celebrate the 10th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, we take time to reflect on what we’ve accomplished so far in keeping people safe and secure online, and what we need to achieve in the decade ahead.
Today is a special day for the National Cyber Security Alliance. It's the kickoff of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of this awareness initiative! We have a month filled with events, social media activities, online safety tips, resources, and collateral to share with you.
First launched in 2004 as a broad effort by government and industry to help all Americans stay safe and secure online, National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) commemorates its 10th anniversary this October.
We're hoping to make the 10th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (that's #ncsam to all of you on Twitter, Facebook and Google+) the most social yet!
Today is the last day of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). It will take some time to crunch all the numbers and capture the full picture of everything that took place but I sense that this was the best NCSAM ever. At the National Cyber Security Alliance, we are thankful for all the efforts everyone takes to make people aware of how stay safe online. At its core, NCSAM is an organic, grass roots effort.
In addition to supporting this National Cyber Security Alliance campaign and showing our commitment to cybersecurity through our involvement with the Champions program, miiCard is using this month to remind our members how to keep safe in their different online activities from shopping, social and dating to banking.
We recently partnered with STOP. THINK. CONNECT., Microsoft, AT&T, iKeepSafe & the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for a Twitter chat to discuss cybersecurity education efforts and raising good digital citizens. Here's a partial transcript of the chat.
Bullying is a persistent and dangerous challenge in both the physical and digital worlds.
The funds are in recognition of the center’s role in tracking international criminals behind the social-media botnet Koobface as well as other spammers.
We recently partnered with Symantec, Bank of America, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Communications Commission and STOP. THINK. CONNECT. for a Twitter chat to discuss small business online safety during #ncsam . Here's a partial transcript of the chat:
We recently partnered with STOP. THINK. CONNECT., Visa, The Identity Theft Resource Center, the Washington State Patrol and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to discuss cybercrime and ways to protect yourself from becoming a victim. Her e is a partial transcript of the chat:
This year, we’re making a bigger push to be more, well… social with you and get the word out about National Cyber Security Awareness Month (that’s #ncsam to all of you on Twitter) via our social media channels.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Our 2012 #NCSAM Kickoff Blog includes tweets from our National Cyber Security Awareness Month Launch Event in Omaha, and Twitter & Facebook posts from throughout the day.
We all need to do our part to make the Internet safer and more secure. But what is your part?
We recently partnered with STOP. THINK. CONNECT. and the MS-ISAC/Center for Internet Security for a Twitter chat about National Cyber Security Awareness Month and tell people how they can get involved. Here's a partial transcript of the chat.
We're kicking off National Cyber Security Awareness Month by live blogging from our launch event in Michigan.
President Obama today proclaimed October National Cyber Security Awareness Month!
The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) has launched a national Cyber Security Pledge campaign to encourage citizens to declare their commitment to using good practices for staying safe on the Internet.