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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Kicks Off


October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched its annual effort to increase awareness of cybersecurity on October 1. This coordinated initiative focuses on all aspects of cyber defense.

President Barack Obama made an official proclamation announcing National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) in September 2015. So, this current campaign serves as the second year of NCSAM existence. This month, DHS will lead a varied campaign to ultimately increase U.S. resiliency against cyber threats.

“During National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we recognize the importance of remaining vigilant against any and all cyber threats, while recommitting to ensuring our people can use new digital tools and resources fearlessly, skillfully, and responsibly.” — Presidential Proclamation

NCSAM runs through the end of October with an overall goal of both engaging and educating on cybersecurity issues. Efforts target both the public sector and private sector. DHS aims to not only raise awareness of cyber threats, but also to provide tools and resources to both individuals and businesses to safeguard against potential threats.

Weekly themes

Throughout this month, five weekly NCSAM themes collectively attempt to touch on various aspects of cybersecurity and cyber defense. For example, the focus of Week 4 (October 24-28, 2016) is on how many U.S. residents are now continuously connected through varied devices. This constant connectivity to the Internet of things (IoT) presents a whole new world of threats in the cyber arena.

Individuals, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and/or colleges and universities looking to get more deeply involved with NCSAM can join the 'Stop.Think.Connect.' campaign led by DHS.