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October 7, 2015 By Molly White in

It’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month, designed to engage and educate public and private partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity and increasing the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident.   We’ve included on our blog, the weekly events and themes the Department of Homeland Security developed which can be used in your organization’s promotion of cybersecurity awareness.

Week 2 – October 6-10:  Theme Secure development.  Highlights the common threats businesses and employees are exposed to and

provides resources for business and employees to stay safer online and enhance their existing security plans.

Week 3 – October 12-16:  Theme Connected Communities:  Staying Protected While Always Connected

Emphasizes the importance of protecting ourselves when connecting to the Internet while on the go. Week two provides best practices for using mobile devices and social media, and encourages us all to become better digital citizens in our communities.

Week 4 – October 19-23:  Your Evolving Digital Life

Highlights the “smart world” we live in and the importance of educating all citizens on cybersecurity as more and more of the devices we use – from phones and tablets to homes and medical devices – become connected to the Internet. Week four provides a current snapshot of technology and where we envision technology taking us in the future.

Week 5 – October 26 – 30:  Building the Next generation of Cyber Professionals

Week five looks to the future of the cybersecurity workforce, focusing on cybersecurity education and awareness in schools at all levels, and emphasizing the need for properly trained cybersecurity professionals.

How to get involved:

  • Use the National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2015 hashtag #CyberAware in your social media messages.
  • Join the weekly National Cyber Security Awareness Month Twitter Chat series on Thursdays in October at 3pm EST using #ChatSTC.
  • See what National Cyber Security Awareness Month activities are taking place in your area.
  • Find information on how your government, law enforcement, business, school, or organization can take action.
  • Teach elementary, middle, and high school students about Internet safety and security.
  • Post cybersecurity tips, news, and resources highlighting National Cyber Security Awareness Month on social media sites.

Year Round Tips and Resources

  • Simple steps to keep yourself safe online.
  • Set strong passwords and don’t share them with anyone.
  • Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized by installing updates.
  • Maintain an open dialogue with your family, friends, and community about Internet safety.
  • Limit the amount of personal information you post online and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely.
  • Be cautious about what you receive or read online—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Source: Department of Homeland Security