The 15th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) will highlight user awareness among consumers, academic and business.
The line between our online and offline lives is indistinguishable. In these tech-fueled times, our homes, societal well-being, economic prosperity and nation’s security are impacted by the internet. NCSAM 2018 will address specific challenges and identify opportunities for behavioral change and will also remind everyone that protecting the internet is “Our Shared Responsibility” a strong, cyber secure workforce is critical.
Week 1: Oct. 1¬–5: 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. Easy-to-learn life lessons for online safety and privacy begin with parents/caretakers leading the way. Learning good cybersecurity practices can also help set a strong foundation for a career in the industry. Week 1 will underscore basic cybersecurity essentials the entire family can deploy to protect their homes against cyber threats.
Week 2: Oct. 8–12: 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 capable cybersecurity professionals is a starting point to building stronger defenses. Week 2 will address ways to motivate parents, teachers and counselors to learn more about the field and how to best inspire students and others to seek highly fulfilling cybersecurity careers.
Week 3: Oct. 15–19: 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 is a responsibility we all share. And, as the lines between our work and daily lives become increasingly blurred, it's more important than ever to be certain that smart cybersecurity carries over between the two. Week 3 will focus on cybersecurity workforce education, training and awareness while emphasizing risk management, resistance and resilience.
Week 4: Oct. 22–26: 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 will emphasize the importance of securing our critical infrastructure and highlight the roles the public can play in keeping it safe.