Cyber Security Awareness Month

About

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) - 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 U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), NCSAM has grown exponentially, reaching consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation.

Following wide success of the 'Our Shared Responsibility' theme in years past, CISA and NCSA have shifted strategic focus to a message that promotes personal accountability. Driven through mass public engagement, the 'Own IT. Secure. IT. Protect IT.' theme will help to encourage personal accountability and proactive behavior in digital privacy, security best practices, common cyber threats and cybersecurity careers. Here is a breakdown of the highlighted calls to action and their key messages:

  • Own IT.
    • Never Click and Tell: staying safe on social media
    • Update Privacy Settings
    • Keep Tabs on Your Apps: best practices for device applications
    • Never Click and Tell: staying safe on social media
  • Secure IT.
    • Shake Up Your Passphrase Protocol: create strong, unique passphrases
    • Double Your Login Protection: turn on multi-factor authentication
    • Shop Safe Online
    • Play Hard To Get With Strangers: how to spot and avoid phish
  • Protect IT.
    • If You Connect, You Must Protect: updating to the latest security software, web browser and operating systems
    • Stay Protected While Connected: Wi-Fi safety
    • If You Collect It, Protect It: keeping customer/consumer data and information safe

Toolkit                   

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:

The Department of Homeland Security 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.

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 2019-2020 Poster Contest webpage.