National Cybersecurity Alliance 2021 Wrap Up
Happy New Year! The National Cybersecurity Alliance had a busy and exciting year advocating for the safe use of all technology and educating everyone on how best to protect themselves, their families, and their organizations from cybercrime.
Let’s take a minute to celebrate the past successes, the upcoming new year, and the bright future of this organization together. After all, cybersecurity is a team sport. It takes everyone doing their part to help people stay safe online.
To start off, here is the content you could not get enough of this year:
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2021 was a year of beginnings. Check out some of the new things we were up to this year:
There is a critical shortage of cybersecurity professionals and to do our part in this crisis, we compiled free resources focused on diversifying and filling the gap in the cybersecurity workforce. Whether you are a veteran, teacher, or a student, we have you covered on this webpage! On this webpage, we also highlight our Cyber Success Stories, a series of blogs where people, just like you, who work in the cybersecurity field discuss their experiences.
This project is sponsored by Palo Alto Networks.
With the Identity Defined Security Alliance (IDSA), we presented the first ‘Identity Management Day’ in 2021, an annual awareness event which will take place on the second Tuesday in April each year. We will use this day to educate business leaders and IT decision makers on the importance of identity management.
Each year, the National Cybersecurity Alliance releases research to better understand the public’s security behavior and to act as a call to action for better secure habits online. This year, the National Cybersecurity Alliance partnered with CybSafe for the first time to take a behavioral lens for the 2021 research report.
Logo and Name Change
We changed our name from the “National Cyber Security Alliance” to the “National Cybersecurity Alliance.” We also upgraded our logo and we love the new look! What do you think?
We launched our store which is full of fun t-shirts, mugs, and more! We think this is a great way to spread awareness of our mission and some of the merchandise might make you chuckle.
We were pleased to present our first ever edition of our monthly Board Member Spotlight blog series in 2021. Our Board members are leaders in cybersecurity education and awareness and are an integral part of making the organization a successful public-private partnership. This series will allow you to get to know them a little better!
Our biggest campaign, Cybersecurity Awareness Month grew even bigger this year. Here are some highlights:
Cybersecurity Awareness Month Report
This Cybersecurity Awareness Month, our partners went above and beyond to get the word out about staying safe online. Here are some snippets of those campaigns (we wish we could share them all!)
We covered a lot of topics this year in our content and messaging. Thanks for listening to us talk about:
- K-12 Education Leaders’ Guide to Ransomware: Prevention, Response, and Recovery
- Cybersecurity in A Flash! Ransomware: Response and Recovery
- Ransomware and Responsibility: Government Responsibility and Individual Responsibility Explained
- Thinking Beyond Ransomware
- Defending Against Ransomware Through Endpoint Protection
- Authorities See Rise in Ransomware Attacks, Urge Businesses to Prioritize Cybersecurity
- The Cybersecurity 202: The Kaseya attack is a revolution in sophistication for ransomware hackers
- Ransomware attacks could crimp industry’s recovery from pandemic, report says
- Ransomware: healthcare, utilities, and universities. REvil’s old sites are stirring
- Howard University cancels online, hybrid classes as it investigates alleged ransomware attack
Cybersecurity Topics Surrounding COVID-19
- Spotting a Vaccine Phishing Scam
- Fraudsters Devise More COVID-19 Vaccine Schemes
- IRS and COVID vaccine email scams proliferating this tax season
- The Cybersecurity 202: Scammers are Already Targeting the Next Round of Coronavirus Relief Checks
- How cybercriminals exploit COVID-19, and how to protect against them
- Google Sued, Lawsuit Claims COVID-19 Contact Tracing Tool Exposes Data
- Battling Ongoing COVID-19-Themed Attacks and Scams
- Data Privacy Day: Understanding COVID-19’s
Data Privacy Day 2021
- How to Get Involved in Data Privacy Day 2021
- Data Privacy Day 2021: Data Privacy in an Era of Global Change
- Data Privacy Day 2021 Highlighted the Importance of Respecting Data Privacy Across the Globe
- Garfield Invades Data Privacy Day
- It’s National Data Privacy Day
- Data Privacy Day – protecting personal information in 2021 and beyond
- Data Privacy Day 2021 Social Media Graphics and Posts
- National Cyber Security Alliance Kicks off Data Privacy Day This Week to Raise Awareness for Responsible Data Privacy Practices
- Data Privacy Day: Understanding COVID-19’s Impact
- Data Privacy in the Crosshairs
- Data Privacy Day Coincides With Apple’s Ad Tracking Changes
Online Romance Scams
Back to School
- Four Steps to Keep Schools Safe from Cyber Attacks
- Kids & Technology: How to talk to your kids about internet safety
- How To Safeguard Schools Against Cyber Attacks this School Year
- Back to school with the National Cyber Security Alliance’s Education and Career Resources Library
- How to Protect your money and info while shopping online
- Safe Online Holiday Shopping Tip Sheet
- Don’t let grinches steal Christmas! How to stay safe when holiday shopping
- Stay Safe Online During Tax Time 2021 Tip Sheet
- IRS and COVID vaccine email scams proliferating this tax season
As you can see, 2021 was a busy year for us but the work doesn’t stop here. We look forward to growing in our programs in 2022. In fact, we have a few things in the works…
HBCU Career Program: We are excited to launch a program specifically for HBCU students to guide them in their path to a successful cybersecurity career. More to come on this program soon!
CyberSecure My Business Revamp: Our CyberSecure My Business Program is undergoing curriculum development to ensure our materials and workshops are beneficial to our business community.
Regional Conference Series: We are launching a Regional Conference Series to bring together training and awareness professionals for the opportunity to connect with peers, hear new ideas from experts in the field, and spend time with quality vendors. Our first quarterly conference is March 1-2 in Scottsdale, Arizona!
New Website: StaySafeOnline.org is getting a makeover in 2022! Look out for a more user-friendly website with easy to find information and news on cybersecurity topics and trends.
As we wrap up our 2021 and look forward to 2022, we want to say thank you to our growing community of partners, friends, and followers. Without you all doing your part, we could not have had such an impact.
Stay Safe Online.