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2018 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Recap: Here’s what you need to do

[fa icon="calendar"] November 2, 2018 - Written by: Internetwork Engineering

For the past month, the National Cyber Security Alliance has been highlighting four themes as part of the 2018 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month campaign. These four themes serve to educate and emphasize the need for consumers, businesses, and students to all play their part in keeping our homes, communities, and infrastructure safe and protected.


As National Cybersecurity Awareness Month ends, let’s review the 2018 initiatives* and shine a light on what action to take:


Make Your Home a Haven for Online Safety 

Every day, parents and caregivers teach kids basic safety practices ‒ like looking both ways before crossing the street and holding an adult’s hand in a crowded place. Easy-to-learn life lessons for online safety and privacy begin with parents leading the way. Learning good cybersecurity practices can also help set a strong foundation for a career in the industry. With family members using the internet to engage in social media, adjust the home thermostat or shop for the latest connected toy, it’s vital to make certain that the entire household ‒ including children – learn to use the internet safely and responsibly and that networks and mobile devices are secure.


Week 1 Resources:


Millions of Rewarding Jobs: Educating for a Career in Cybersecurity

A key risk to our economy and security continues to be the shortage of cybersecurity professionals to safeguard our ever-expanding cyber ecosystem. Raising the next generation of interested and capable cybersecurity professionals is a starting point to building stronger defenses. There are limitless opportunities to educate students of all ages – from high school into higher education and beyond – on the field of cybersecurity as they consider their options. In addition, veterans and individuals who are looking for a new career or re-entering the workforce should explore the multitude of well-paying and rewarding jobs available.


Week 2 Resources


It’s Everyone’s Job to Ensure Online Safety at Work

When you are on the job – whether it’s at a corporate office, local restaurant, healthcare provider, academic institution or government agency ‒ your organization’s online safety and security are a responsibility we all share. And, as the lines between our work and daily lives become increasingly blurred, it is more important than ever to be certain that smart cybersecurity carries over between the two.


Week 3 Resources


Safeguarding the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure  

Our day-to-day life depends on the country’s 16 sectors of critical infrastructure, which supply food, water, financial services, public health, communications and power along with other networks and systems. A disruption to this system, which is operated via the internet, can have significant and even catastrophic consequences for our nation.


Week 4 Resources


These 2018 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month initiatives are important to keep in mind all throughout the year, so take some time to plan what you, your business, and/or your family can do to strengthen your security and be more aware of the roles you play. Whatever your first step, make sure you have the right resources and strategic partners to help you. If you’re not sure where to start, reach out to our Security Team with your questions and they’ll help find the starting point for your unique situation.


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To read more about updates from NCSAM, or for more information, visit the Stay Safe Online website. 


*The 2018 NCSAM Themes were reposted from the NCSAM site.


Topics: Security

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