Week 2 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) has begun, and this week focuses on creating a culture of cybersecurity in the workplace. Every organization – no matter the size or industry – faces cybersecurity challenges, and cyber incidents are impacting more and more organizations and people. In fact, the 2016 Symantec Internet Security Threat Report revealed that 429 million identities were exposed in breaches in 2015. The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and our NCSAM Champions and partners around the world are partnering this week to promote an educated workforce from the break room to the boardroom at every organization.
Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, and everyone at the workplace, from top leadership to entry-level staff, plays a role in protecting the organization, its information and the customers or individuals with which it interacts. NCSA recommends taking the following steps and building a plan to keep your business cybersecure:
- Identify your digital “crown jewels”
- Protect your assets
- Be able to detect incidents
- Have a plan for responding
- Quickly recover normal operations
Learn more about creating a culture of cybersecurity at your workplace with NCSA’s new infographic. Download and share it on social media using the hashtag #CyberAware! You can also check out our video overview of Week 2 here.
We have many exciting things coming up this week, and we hope you’ll join us! On Friday, Oct. 14, you can attend – or livestream – the Mid-South Cyber Security Summit at the University of Memphis’ FedEx Institute of Technology in Memphis, TN. The event, hosted by NCSA, the FedEx Institute of Technology Cluster for the Advancement of Cybersecurity and Testing (CAST) and the Center for Information Assurance, will bring together cybersecurity leaders in government, corporations and research to address the most pressing concerns and emerging trends facing our society today and focus on new cyber threats and counterintelligence. Learn more and register here. The event will be livestreamed here. Additionally, here are a few easy ways to participate online and in the community:
- Get involved on social media. Use the #CyberAware hashtag in your posts, follow us on Facebook and Twitter and download our sample social media content to share before and during the month.
- Become a NCSAM Champion. Register yourself and/or your organization as a Champion to take action in support of NCSAM and receive materials you can use to spread the word. It’s easy and free to sign up.
- Join our #ChatSTC Twitter chat. Each week, @STOPTHNKCONNECT will host a discussion on a different online safety topic. This Thursday, Oct. 13, at 3 p.m. EDT/noon PDT, we’ll discuss creating a culture of cybersecurity at your organization from the break room to the boardroom. Use #ChatSTC to join!