Cyber Security Awareness Month


October is 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 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.

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


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:

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 2018-2019 Poster Contest webpage.


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

  1. Week 1, October 1-5 - Make Your Home a Haven for Online Safety

    Week 1 will underscore basic cybersecurity essentials the entire family can deploy to protect their homes against cyber threats.

  2. Week 2, October 8-12  -  Millions of Rewarding Jobs: Educating for a Career in Cybersecurity

    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.

  3. Week 3, October 15-19 - It's Everyone's Job to Ensure Online Safety at Work

    Week 3 will focus on cybersecurity workforce education, training and awareness while emphasizing risk management, resistance and resilience.

  4. Week 4, October 22-26 - Safeguarding the Nation's Critical Infrastructure 

    Week 4 will emphasize the importance of securing our critical infrastructure and highlight the roles the public can play in keeping it safe.

Visit the following web site for a listing of events: