October Is Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Here’s Your Toolkit

cyber security, electronic encryption, connected with flashing pointsSponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), the October 2018 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is the fifteenth anniversary of the annual event. This year, the overarching theme is that “cybersecurity is our shared responsibility and we all must work together to improve our Nation’s cybersecurity”. DHS has published the 2018 Toolkit for both government and industry partners to use in creating and facilitating cybersecurity awareness events. At the heart of the Toolkit, and this year’s resources, are four key messages:

  1. Strengthen the Nation’s Cybersecurity Ecosystem – Cooperation between law enforcement, and the public and private sector, is the key to improving overall network defense.
  2. Tackle it Together – Responsible cyber citizens play a crucial role in enhancing the security of the Internet, especially in an increasingly cyber-connected economy.
  3. Build up the Cybersecurity Workforce – There are more jobs for cybersecurity professionals than qualified candidates to fill these open positions. DHS encourages both the public and private sector to learn how you can make the pipeline of cybersecurity professionals more robust.
  4. Secure Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Threats – As the “air-gap” between our nation’s infrastructure systems and the Internet continues to shrink, educated cyber citizenship and stewardship is more important than ever to maintaining the resiliency and security of our critical systems.

During October, the NCSA also publishes weekly themes for addressing challenges and identifying opportunities for cybersecurity change. You can read the themes here. From online safety at work, to securing your internet at home, the NCSA recognizes that societal well-being, economic prosperity, and national security are deeply intertwined.

DHS is offering additional resources, materials, posters, and toolkits for Cybersecurity Awareness Month programming and events. You can email stopthinkconnect@hq.dhs.gov for more information.

The HSDL also offers many additional resources related to cybersecurity. Visit the Featured Topics section for more on Cyber Crime & National SecurityCyber Infrastructure ProtectionCyber Policy, and Electronic Surveillance. Please note that an HSDL login may be required to view some of these resources.

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