National Cyber Security Awareness Month starts

OCT. 1, 2015 -- National Cyber Security Awareness Month kicks off today, Thursday Oct. 1, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in coordination with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), is providing a basket of materials to promote participation.

“As a cybersecurity advocate, you play an important part in helping others within your organization understand their role in safeguarding information online,” the DHS stated in an email to organizations.

Among the tools DHS is providing are a planning guide (includes template articles, social media posts, and a list of daily ideas); Stop.Think.Connect. 5th Anniversary Logos to include in materials and websites; weekly themes to provide more information on the cyber-related topics for the month; and the “#CyberAware” hashtag for the month, to promote online conversations.

Additionally, DHS will be participating in virtual and in-person events around the country, the agency stated in the email. Specifically, the Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community (C3) Voluntary Program, alongside DHS and private sector partners, is continuing the Small and Midsize Business (SMB) Roadshow on Oct. 16 with an appearance at Roger Williams University School of Law Cybersecurity and Law Enforcement Conference in Rhode Island. The SMB Roadshow is a series of events aimed at increasing cybersecurity awareness and risk management, DHS stated.

NASCUS guide to Cyber Security Awareness month materials

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