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 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. Now in its 17th year, Cybersecurity Awareness Month continues to build momentum and impact co-led by NCSA and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA).

The overarching theme for Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2020 is "Do Your Part. ." The theme empowers individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace, with a particular emphasis on the key message for 2020: "If you connect it, protect it."  If everyone does their part - implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating vulnerable audiences or training employees - our interconnected world will be safer and more resilient for everyone. 

 

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 Puzzles:

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 2020-2021 Poster Contest webpage.