This month, the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) are recognizing October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM).

Now in its seventeenth year, NCSAM’s goal is to bring awareness to the importance of cybersecurity both for enterprises and individuals. This year’s theme is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart” and is emphasizing the need to secure all Internet-connected devices through weekly programming.

If you connect it, it’s time to make sure it’s protected. Currently, there are 31 billion Internet of Things devices, and it is estimated there will be more than 75 million connected devices by the end of 2025. With the increase of Internet-connected devices and the flexibility of using work and personal devices on the same network, it is vital that every device – personal and business – is secure.

Throughout October, CISA and NCSA will focus on the following areas to bring more awareness around cybersecurity by providing a series of resources, presentations, and social media campaigns to businesses and individuals.

October 1 and 2: Official NCSAM Kick-Off

  • Week of October 5 (Week 1): If You Connect It, Protect It
  • Week of October 12 (Week 2): Securing Devices at Home and Work
  • Week of October 19 (Week 3): Securing Internet-Connected Devices in Healthcare
  • Week of October 26 (week 4): The Future of Connected Devices

Both the CISA and NCSA have a variety of resources available to promote National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. These resources include tip sheets on cybersecurity at work, the Internet of Things, password tips, how to spot phishing attempts, and many more. The tip sheets can be distributed to employees to educate everyone on how to stay safe online.

Additionally, there are sample social media posts and graphics to promote NCSAM in your organization. They are highly encouraged to be used to spread the message of cybersecurity awareness.

If you haven’t already, October is the perfect month to begin the cybersecurity training in your organization. You can also read our whitepaper on what a complete cybersecurity process looks like, or if you’re interested in building a comprehensive security plan, get in touch today.