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:
- Kicking Off NCSAM with Online Safety Basics: One Simple Step Can Greatly Improve Your Home’s Online Safety
- The Secret Language of Emoji
- Tools and Tips to Keep Our Families Safe Online
- Instilling Security From the Start: Tips for Teaching Children Cybersecurity
- Cradle to College: Protecting Your Kids from Cybercrimes
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
- Millions of Rewarding Jobs: Educating for a Career in Cybersecurity
- The Cybersecurity Talent Shortage: A Career Opportunity for All Generations
- The Way In – Paths to a Cyber Career When You’re Not a Math Geek
- Excite, Inspire, Certify and Train
- Hiring and Inspiring the Next Generation of Cybersecurity Talent
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
- It’s Everyone’s Job to Ensure Online Safety at Work
- Your Greatest Security Asset: Employees
- SMBs: 5 Ways to Avoid Becoming a Small Phish in a Big Pond
- Taking Control of Your Security in the Office
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
- Securing America’s Critical Infrastructure: Highlights from the NCSA and Nasdaq Cybersecurity Summit
- Your Daily Connection to Critical Infrastructure
- Critical Infrastructure: Protect the Part you Own
- Safeguarding the Nation’s Electric Grid
- Critical Infrastructure Requires Security Above Everything
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.
Some other articles you might be interested in:
- Lock It Down: 10 Simple Ways to Boost the Security of Your Network
- VPNFilter and the Importance of the Home Network
- How to Secure Your Privacy in the Internet of Me
- 5 Tips for Building an Incident Response Plan
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.