The 15th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is here. October 1 kicked off the month-long campaign devoted to ensuring that everyone has the resources they need to stay safe online. NCSAM is co-led byt the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and is championed by the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Canter (MS-ISAC).
Each week of October highlights a theme that contributes to the shared responsibility of online safety and security. In partnership with NCSA, below we have provided some tips for how to make the most of those themes and strengthen our individual and national cybersecurity.
Easy-to-learn life lessons for online safety and privacy begin with parents and caregivers leading the way. Family members may be using the internet to engage in social media, adjust the home thermostat, or to shop for the latest connected toy. This makes it vital to ensure that the entire household - including children - learn to use the internet safely and responsibly, and that networks and mobile devices are secure. Three of NCSA's top tips include:
A key risk to our economy and security continues to be the shortage of cybersecurity professionals to safeguard our ever-expanding cyber ecosystem. There are limitless opportunities for students and individuals looking for a new career or re-entering the workforce. Here are some tried and true tips for cyber job seekers at any age:
When you are on the job, your organization's online safety and security is part of your responsibility. NCSA's CyberSecure My Business will be a cornerstone for Week 3. The program is a series of in-person and highly interactive workshops based on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework to educate the community about:
Additional components include monthly webinars, online portal resources and monthly newsletters summarizing the latest cybersecurity news. NCSA has also created a Cybersecurity Awareness Toolkit, which is packed with easy-to-use tips and practical information.
Our daily lives depend on 16 critical infrastructure sectors, which supply food, water, financial services, public health, government services, communications, transportation, and power along with other critical functionality. A disruption to these systems, most of which are operated via the internet, can result in significant and even catastrophic consequences. Week 4 will highlight the roles the public can play in keeping it safe. Two easy tips everyone should practice to help protect the country's critical infrastructure are:
These tips are brought to you in the Commonwealth of Virginia by the Virginia Information Technologies Agency in coordination with: