Faith-Based Organizations

How you can support NCSAM

As the Internet extends further into our daily lives, it is important that faith leaders and their staff understand how to keep members of their community safe and secure online. A great place to start is by participating in National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), held each October. As a faith leader, you can have a powerful impact on people’s attitudes about cybersecurity. Whether you are able to show your support for just one day or every day this October, consider the following ways you can make a difference to raise cybersecurity awareness.

What you can do…

…in one minute:

  • Display posters and tip sheets from the national cybersecurity education campaign, STOP. THINK. CONNECT., in your office where employees and visitors will see them.
  • Remind members of your congregation to give online donations only on trusted websites that are secure (those that begin with https://).

…in one hour:

…in one day:

  • Meet with your youth program coordinator to discuss how to incorporate messages about being a good online citizen into youth activities. Consider using C-SAVE, a curriculum provided by the National Cyber Security Alliance to help volunteers teach young people cybersecurity, cybersafety and cyberethics.

…all month long:

  • Hold a series of educational events to help your congregation learn about using their Internet-connected devices safely. Ask members of your congregation who have experience with information technology to be instructors. Find resources for a range of cybersecurity issues affecting children and families.  

…all year round:

  • Review your organization’s computer security policies and make sure they are up to date. Make sure you are keeping a clean machine and have the latest operating system, software, web browsers, apps and anti-virus protection.