Business Owners

How you can support NCSAM

One aim of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), held each October, is to provide independent business owners with the resources to protect their intellectual property and customer data. In an era of growing cybercrime, a safe and secure Internet is vital to building a prosperous business.

As a business owner, you can help make the internet safer and more secure by participating in National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Whether you are able to show your support for just one day or every day in October, consider the following ways you can make a difference to raise cybersecurity awareness. 

What you can do…

…in one minute:

  • Send an email informing your employees, clients and business contacts that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Encourage them to review tips and advice from the global cybersecurity awareness campaign, STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™

…in one hour:

  • Strengthen your company's email and online accounts by adding extra layers of security and enabling technologies like two-factor authentication. To learn more about these services, visit
  • Download the Federal Communications Commission’s Small Biz Cyber Planner 2.0 to help you chart a path to a more cyber-secure business. 

…in one day:

…all month long:

  • Create a contingency plan in the event of a data breach. 

… all year round:

  • Routinely review and update your internet security policies to ensure that they address current threats and best practices, and provide clear guidance on workplace technology trends such as “bring your own device.” Get more ideas for your business cybersecurity plan.