Local Law Enforcement

How you can support NCSAM

As a law enforcement leader, you understand the importance of educating your community about the risks of online activity, how to stay safe and secure online and how to respond to cybercrime. A great way to share those lessons is by participating in National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) each October. 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:

  • Display the NCSAM banner on your official website. Download NCSAM web banners. You can link to the “About NCSAM” page to provide more info.
  • Promote NCSAM on social media. Find profile icons and sample posts to share on your social media platforms.
  • Send an email to department personnel informing them October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Attach the NSCAM poster, requesting they display it at front desks and other public locations beginning Oct. 1.                              

…in one hour:

  • Ask officers to devote a few minutes of one roll call in October to review the Victims of Cybercrime tip sheet and discuss how to effectively respond to cybercrime complaints.
  • Show your organization’s cybersecurity leadership by becoming a NCSAM Champion. It’s free and simple to sign up.
  • Ask your community affairs officer to look into creating a team of agency volunteers (officers and civilians) to volunteer at your local schools with C-SAVE, a curriculum provided by the National Cyber Security Alliance to help volunteers teach young people cybersecurity, cybersafety and cyberethics. 

…in one day:

  • Hold a “Cybersecurity Day” event with local elected officials. Invite local media to discuss ways your agency has helped the community improve its online safety. Share online safety resources from the STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ website.

…all month long:

  • Develop a page on your website devoted to cybersecurity and helping victims of cybercrime. Possible content could include:
    • Basic safety and security tips from the global cybersecurity education campaign, STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™
    • Specific information about what your agency can and cannot do when a cybercrime is reported
    • The Victims of Cybercrime tip sheet for situations in which your department does not have jurisdiction
  • Review and update your agency’s acceptable use policy for computers, mobile devices and networks.
  • Work with your IT staff to develop a contingency plan in the event of a data breach. 

…all year round: