The 14th annual NCSAM is coming to a close, and we hope you’ll join in to promote a safer, more secure and more trusted internet for these last few days of the month. The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) has made it easy to support NCSAM by providing materials for each week that anyone can share at home, at work and school and in the community.
The theme for Week 5 of NCSAM is Protecting Critical Infrastructure From Cyber Threats. The systems that support our daily lives are increasingly dependent on the internet, and having a resilient critical infrastructure is essential to our national security. We’ll look at how cybersecurity relates to keeping our traffic lights, running water, phone lines and other critical infrastructure secure.
Be a Part of
Become a NCSAM Champion: There’s still time to register yourself and/or your organization as a Champion to take action in support of NCSAM. Champions receive a toolkit of materials they can use to spread awareness about online safety and security and are invited to host NCSAM Partner Events.
Support the 7th anniversary of STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ – and join more than 780 organizations in promoting the global online safety awareness and education campaign – by registering your organization as a STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ partner.
Social Media Resources
Check out our new infographic, which walks you through your connected day – pointing out how you interact with critical infrastructure on a daily basis and how you can connect with care.
Download shareable, nonproprietary memes and graphics you can use to promote NCSAM on social media.
Share our suggested messages on social media (download all posts here) – or create your own. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #CyberAware!
- #LockDownURlogin: Better secure your #online accounts with strong authentication. #CyberAware https://lockdownyourlogin.org/strong-authentication
- Keep a clean machine! Having the latest #security software & operating system is the best defense against #cyber threats. #CyberAware
- When in doubt, throw it out: Links in emails, posts & ads are often how criminals try to steal info. https://staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/online-safety-basics/spam-and-phishing/ #CyberAware
- Safer for me, more secure for all: What you do online affects everyone. Good online habits help the global digital community. #CyberAware
- [email protected] leads the national effort in providing guidance to keep critical infrastructure safe & #secure: https://www.dhs.gov/topic/critical-infrastructure-security #CyberAware
In a new Cisco podcast, NCSA Executive Director Michael Kaiser joins Cisco Senior Vice President and Chief Security and Trust Officer John N. Stewart to discuss today’s threats and how to prepare for our digital future. Check out the podcast, see the show notes for links to more information and join the conversation.
This new video from Wells Fargo illustrates how financial services – one of the sectors making up our critical infrastructure – is prepared to respond to significant cyber events. The video takes you through a simulated cyberattack, from initial compromise to incident response.
Events Coming Up In Week 5
Hosted by NCSA:
#ChatSTC Twitter Chat: Protecting Critical Infrastructure From Cyber Threats
Wednesday, Nov. 1
3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT/
12:00-1:00 p.m. PDT
As NCSAM comes to a close, we’ll discuss the connection between the cyber and physical worlds, the importance of protecting and securing our critical infrastructure – our traffic lights, running water, phone lines, power grids and more – and share simple cyber tips for individuals looking to do their part to protect our critical infrastructure from cyber threats.
Use #ChatSTC to join!
Hosted by Our Partners:
Business Email Compromise
Workshop – Nashville, TN
Monday, Oct. 30
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (CDT)
One Park Plaza
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the U.S. Secret Service, the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), the National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NH-ISAC), the Research and Education Network (REN-ISAC), the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC) and Symantec invite business leaders to learn about a very real and proliferating cybersecurity threat – business email compromise (BEC).
Cybersecurity experts from the FBI, the U.S. Secret Service and the private sector will be sharing their experiences & expertise around BEC, why you should be concerned and how you can protect against becoming the next victim.
This workshop is part of a series taking place in a variety of cities in October and November. Register for a workshop here.
Infrastructure Technology Solutions to Protect Enterprise Applications
Tuesday, Oct. 31
1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT/10:00-11:00 a.m. PDT
Applications are the primary target of attack due to their prevalence and inherent exposure, and require a solid defense in depth strategy to reduce risk. This webcast hosted by Security Innovation will educate IT and development teams about technologies available to build and deploy more secure software systems and debunks common myths about what each can and cannot protect.
2017 International Information Sharing Conference
Tuesday, Oct. 31 – Wednesday, Nov. 1
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place NW
Join the Information Sharing and Analysis Organization Standards Organization (ISAO SO) for its inaugural International Information Sharing Conference, with participation from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This two-day event will convene practitioners from small businesses to multi-national corporations and from information sharing newcomers to well-established cybersecurity organizations. This unique conference will go beyond discussing current cyber information sharing topics and provide opportunities to see competing approaches and innovations in platforms and services.
Conference sessions and panels will focus on automated sharing, analysis, building trust in a community of interest, cross-sector sharing, the role of government in information sharing, the value proposition of an information sharing and analysis organization and much more.
2017 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference
Tuesday, Oct. 31 – Friday, Nov. 3
Pennsylvania Conference Center
1101 Arch Street
The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference hosts professionals and technology providers from around the world to network, share ideas and discover solutions to today’s challenges. Here you’ll have access to the largest gathering of your peers – people who you can relate to, learn from and actively contribute to the best thinking in higher education IT.
Download our Champion backgrounder for detailed information about NCSAM, including hot security topics, why cybersecurity matters and how to get involved in your community, and check out staysafeonline.org/ncsam for even more resources you can use this October and year-round.
Thanks for helping us make this NCSAM the best yet!