National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2018
Posted on: October 1, 2018 By: Carolyn Kuczynski
October isn’t just about dressing up for Halloween or indulging in the first #pumpkinspicelatte of the season – it’s also National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)! Observed every October, NCSAM was created to ensure every American has the resources needed to stay safe and secure online. Forbes noted that by the end of 2018, there U.S. could reach $66 billion in cybersecurity spending. And while total breaches are down from 2017, attackers are changing tactics.
Each week of #NCSAM is divided up by themes:
(October 1-5) It is vital to ensure that each household, including the little ones, understands the value of good cyber security practices – which can also work to build a strong foundation for a career in the industry.
(October 8-12) A major threat to our economy is the shortage of cybersecurity professionals. It’s time for us to step up and raise the next generation of cybersecurity professionals – and there are opportunities for people of all ages. From students, to veterans, to individuals re-entering the workforce, or simply looking for a career change.
(October 15-19) No matter what the industry is, your organization’s online security is a responsibility we all share. It’s important to focus on cybersecurity workforce training and education, emphasizing risk management and resilience.
(October 22-26) Our day-to-day life and well-being depends on the United States’ 16 sectors of infrastructure, which supplies food, water, financial services, public health, communications and power – along with many additional networks and systems. A disruption to any of these systems can have catastrophic consequences to our nation. In the last week of NCSAM, it is vital to emphasize the importance of securing our infrastructure, and highlight how the public can help keep it more safe.
Many of the suppliers in our portfolio specialize in security solutions:
There isn’t one business, individual, or government entity responsible for securing the internet. Each person has a duty in securing their part of cyberspace. When we use the internet safely, we make it more secure for everyone. Together, we can work to implement stronger security practices and boost community awareness to create a digital society that is safer, and more resilient from attacks.