It seems like there is an awareness month for everything, and yes, there is one for geared towards cyber education. Since 2004, October has been deemed National Cyber Security Awareness Month—a time when government and private organizations come together to enhance protection for the digital lives of Americans. Our world is more connected than ever before and greater cyber awareness at all levels is now vital.
Cybercriminals continue to manipulate vulnerabilities and evolve methods used to steal valuable data from both consumers and organizations. Data breaches result in the compromise of personally identifiable information of thousands of Americans while actors intrude on financial, corporate, and government systems. We have to stop being easy targets: education and prevention are key.
National Cyber Security Awareness Month brings all of this to the forefront. This campaign is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives to raise awareness about cybersecurity, provide them with the tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increase the resiliency of the Nation in the event of a cyber incident. Each week in October is dedicated to a specific cybersecurity theme:
- Week 1: October 3-7, 2016 – Every Day Steps Towards Online Safety with Stop.Think.Connect.™
- Week 2: October 10-14, 2016 – Cyber from the Break Room to the Board Room
- Week 3: October 17-21, 2016 – Recognizing and Combating Cybercrime
- Week 4: October 24-28, 2016 – Our Continuously Connected Lives: What’s Your ‘App’-titude?
- Week 5: October 31, 2016 – Building Resilience in Critical Infrastructure
In reality, the conversation to keep the digital world secure continues beyond the month of October. It is a never ending dialogue. No one is immune from cyber attacks, not a particular individual, business, or industry. Not only is a greater awareness needed, but engraining cybersecurity within cultures and workplaces and implementing necessary vulnerability management solutions is imperative to providing a safe and secure environment.
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