Cybersecurity Awareness Month, which is observed every October, was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online. Since its original inception under leadership from the the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), Cybersecurity Awareness Month has grown exponentially, reaching consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation.

Governor Kathy Hochul issued a proclamation designating October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month; 2023 marks the 20th anniversary of the event.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month continues to build momentum and impact co-led by NCSA and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA).

There are many ways to keep your data protected, but starting with the basics makes a huge difference. Focus on the following key behaviors:

For more information of how to get involved: 

Cybersecurity Awareness Month | CISA

Cybersecurity Awareness Month - Stay Safe Online

Get Involved in Cybersecurity Awareness Month (staysafeonline.org)

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.

The contest is open to all public, private or home-schooled students in kindergarten through Grade 12.

For more information on how to participate visit the 2023-2024 Poster Contest webpage.


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

New York State Cybersecurity Awareness Puzzles:

The MS-ISAC develops and distributes Cybersecurity Awareness Toolkit materials in support of Cybersecurity 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.