This October is the 13th annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure everyone has the resources they need to be safer, more secure and better able to protect their personal information online. NCSAM is co-led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and is kicking off with events in Bellevue and Spokane, WA, this week.
NCSA reminds us of our shared responsibility to secure the internet. Every person and organization has a role to play in making technology safer, more secure and more trusted. The STOP. THINK. CONNECT. ™ campaign – a global online safety awareness and education effort cofounded by NCSA and the Anti-Phishing Working Group, with federal engagement led by DHS – can help you understand the role you play in online safety and spread the word about what we all can do to better protect ourselves, our families and our communities. We’ve created tip sheets, posters, infographics, videos and more resources that are free to use and download and share at home, at work and in the community. Check them out here.
This NCSAM we are excited to expand on the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. ™ message with the launch of the Lock Down Your Login campaign. Lock Down Your Login is led by NCSA and is part of the White House’s Cyber Security National Action Plan and encourages people to move beyond just the password to stronger authentication when logging in to online accounts. Usernames and passwords are not enough to protect your personal information online, and turning on strong authentication can make it easier and more convenient for you to use the internet with greater peace of mind. To learn simple, quick ways to safeguard your online accounts, visit lockdownyourlogin.com.
Each week of NCSAM has a theme, based on a different cybersecurity topic or trend. This week we’re focusing on STOP. THINK. CONNECT. ™ and the basic steps to online safety and security. Check out our week 1 infographic to learn how you can STOP. THINK. CONNECT. ™ in your daily life. You can find more information about week 1 and our other weekly themes here.
So, how can you participate in NCSAM – and be a part of something big – this week? Here are a few easy ways:
- 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 Chamion. 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 chats. Each week, @STOPTHNKCONNECT will host a discussion on a different online safety topic. This Thursday, Oct. 6, at 3 p.m. EDT/noon PDT, we’ll discuss the basics of online safety and security. Use #ChatSTC to join!