National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) kicks off on Oct. 1, and we hope you’ll participate by helping promote a safer, more secure and more trusted internet all month long. We’re making it easy to support NCSAM by providing materials for each week that you can share at home, at work and school and in the community.
The first week of NCSAM 2016 focuses on STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™: The Basic Steps to Online Safety and Security. NCSAM will launch with a focus on the simple ways we can protect ourselves and our communities and actions to take if impacted by a breach, cybercrime or online issue. Check out our STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ infographic and share on social media! Read our full Week 1 press release here.
The NCSAM 2016 Media Backgrounder is here! This resource is sent to thousands of local and regional reporters nationwide. It’s packed with lots of valuable information that you can use as well, including research, fast facts and story ideas. Check it out here.
Be A Part of Something BigBecome a NCSAM Champion: 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. It’s free and easy to sign up!
Support the 6th anniversary of STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ – and join more than 470 organizations in promoting the global online safety awareness and education campaign – by registering your organization as a STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ partner.
The National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are launching NCSAM 2016 in the United States with a series of events in Bellevue and Spokane, WA, Oct. 4-5. These events will focus on education, workforce development and small and medium-sized business initiatives. RSVP for the Bellevue events here. Spokane event details can be found here. The Oct. 4 event will be livestreamed on the Stay Safe Online Facebook page starting at 11:30 a.m. EDT/8:30 a.m. PDT.
Social Media Resources
Join @STOPTHNKCONNECT’s Twitter chat on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 3 p.m. EDT/noon PDT to kick off the month and discuss the basics of online safety. Use #ChatSTC to join!
Download and share our NCSAM memes on social media. (You can even share them with the posts below!)
Check out and share our video overview of NCSAM Week 1.
Share these sample posts on social media during the first week of NCSAM (or create your own). Don’t forget to use the hashtag #CyberAware!Staying safer and more secure #online starts with @STOPTHNKCONNECT. What’s your top tip for staying safe online? #CyberAware
- Staying safer and more secure #online starts with @STOPTHNKCONNECT. Find basic tips here: http://ncsam.info/1rXd1N0
- We rely heavily on our #mobile devices! Keep yours secure with these safety tips –http://ncsam.info/27EMq7X #CyberAware
- October is National #CyberAware Month! Show your support & register as a NCSAM Champion – it’s free! http://ncsam.info/1eN1Ys8
- Keep a clean machine! Having the latest #security software & operating system is the best defense against #cyber threats. #CyberAware
- Own your #online presence! Actively manage your #privacy & #security settings to control who see the things you post online. #CyberAware
- Personal information is like money. Value it. #Protect it. More #privacy tips here: http://dprivacyd.info/1xVn0UB #CyberAware #PrivacyAware
- This #CyberAware Month, remember: STOP. Check #security measures; THINK. about #online actions’ consequences; CONNECT. & enjoy the #Internet!
- Protect your #online accounts this #CyberAware Month by getting #2StepsAhead. Enable multi-factor authentication: http://ncsam.info/20bMPJo
- #CyberAware Month #security tip: When in doubt, throw it out: If a #message, #link or #post looks suspicious, #delete &/or mark as junk.
- Learn more about a job in #cybersecurity this #CyberAware Month! Check out the @Raytheon career paths infographic: http://ncsam.info/1U2K8p1
- Caught onto an #online scam? Report it this #CyberAware Month with the @BBB_US scam tracker! https://www.bbb.org/scamtracker/us/
- Are you following best #password practices? Find out w/ the @STOPTHNKCONNECT tip sheet: http://ncsam.info/27QR2Ih #CyberAware