2016 Cyber Security Awareness Month


October 2016 marks the 13th Annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Cyber Security Awareness Month is a nationally recognized effort sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance, National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), and Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center to raise cyber security awareness across the country and to empower citizens, businesses, government and schools to improve their cyber security preparedness.

In support of Cyber Security Awareness Month, the ITS Enterprise Information Security Office has provided a number of educational resources to the public, including an electronic Cyber Security Toolkit. The toolkit includes cyber security-themed materials that can be downloaded to help promote and reinforce cyber safety themes in practical, informative, entertaining, and usable ways.

Click here to view the 2016 Cyber Security Awareness Month Proclamation, signed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

Additional information and resources on cyber issues and implementing sound cyber security practices are also available at the following websites:

Proclamation: October is Cyber Security Awareness Month in NY

Press Release: NYS Office of Information Technology Services Participates in Cyber Security Awareness Month This October


Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of the following resources and use the information to promote cyber security awareness.

New York State Cyber Security Awareness Toolkit:

            Local government officials in New York State are encouraged to recognize Cyber Security Awareness Month by signing a proclamation or letter of support. A sample proclamation is available for download and branding.

The Stop.Think.Connect. Online Toolkit- contains downloadable materials and links to other resources you can use to give informal or formal presentations to a variety of audiences.

The MS-ISAC develops and distributes Cyber Security Awareness Toolkit materials in support of Cyber Security Awareness Month. Their goal is to promote a consistent message about cyber security education and awareness and provide products for broad distribution. The materials include posters, calendars and other awareness material. To learn more visit the MS-ISAC website: https://msisac.cisecurity.org/toolkit/

Poster Contest

New York State is once again conducting a K-12 "Kids Safe Online" Poster Contest to encourage young people to use the Internet safely and securely and to craft messages and images that will best resonate with their peers across the country.

The contest will be open to all public, private or home-schooled students in Kindergarten through Grade 12.

For more information on how to participate visit the Competitions tab of the Keeping Kids Safe Online webpage


National Cyber Security Awareness Month focused on a different cyber security issue each week in October.

  1. Week 1, October 3-7, 2016 - Stop.Think.Connect.(tm): The Basic Stept to Online Safety and Security

    Week 1 shares simple ways we can protect ourselves and communities along with actions to take if impacted by a breach, cybercrime or other online issue. 

  2. Week 2, October 10-14, 2016 -  From the Break Room to the Boardroom: Creating a Culture of Cybersecurity in the Workplace

    Week 2 will focus on creating a culture of cybersecurity in the workplace through efforts like employee education, training and awareness and by emphasizing risk management, resistance and resilience.

  3. Week 3, October 17-21, 2016 - Recognizing and Combating Cybercrime

    Week 3 will focus on awareness of the different types of online crime, offer steps people can take to better protect themselves and address how law enforcement and others can collaborate to combat cybercrime.

  4. Week 4, October 24-28, 2016 - Our Continuously Connected LIves: What's Your "Apptitude"?

    Week 4 will examine our future in this connected world and provide strategies for security, safety and privacy.

  5. Week 5, October 31, 2016 - Buidling Resilience in Critical Systems

    October 31 will emphasize the importance of critical infrastructure and highlight the roles the public can play in keeping it secure.

Visit the following web site for a listing of events:

Discover the ways to get involved in National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

  • DHS Stop. Think. Connect. Campaign

    The Department of Homeland Security has developed the National Cyber Security Awareness Campaign, a part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)-led National Initiative for Cyber Security Education (NICE) initiative. The Campaign has several programs that make it easy to get involved with STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

  • Stop. Think. Connect.

    Stop.Think.Connect. is a national public awareness effort to guide the nation to a higher level of Internet safety by challenging the American public to be more vigilant about practicing safe online habits - at home, in the workplace, and in our communities. Get Involved

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