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NCSAM 2019: Be the Cyber Change

NCSAM 2019: Be the Cyber Change

As more aspects of daily life go digital, the relationship between networks and devices is crucial. Evolving technology helps Federal, State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial governments engage and communicate efficiently and effectively, however, it also increases the risk of cyber threats. All Americans play a part in improving cybersecurity preparedness. Being safe online is a shared responsibility and creating a secure cyber environment requires all Americans to be personally accountable for their cybersecurity posture and be the cyber change.

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), in partnership with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), leads one of the national efforts to increase cybersecurity awareness and encourage all Americans to be responsible technology users. Throughout October, CISA and NCSA will promote the overarching theme of “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.”, to encourage all Americans to enable positive cybersecurity behavior changes and be accountable for their personal cybersecurity.

CISA and NCSA developed resources to educate the public on how they can “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.” throughout October and emphasize the importance of cybersecurity awareness year-round. Emergency response providers can help improve their organization’s and community’s cybersecurity posture by using the NCSAM 2019 resources to help Americans better understand cybersecurity best practices, increase their online security, and maintain a safe cyberspace for all. This October, encourage your stakeholders to take proactive steps to improve their online presence such as enabling multi-factor authentication on devices, updating privacy settings on all of online accounts, and learning to identify imposters on social media

The NCSAM 2019 Toolkit facilitates interactions within communities and encourages smart cybersecurity habits. The Toolkit includes talking points, sample social media posts, and engagement ideas that can be used to connect with an assortment of audiences. Additionally, on the NCSAM website you will find downloadable tip sheets, a trivia game, NCSAM-branded graphics and logos, and more that you can use in your outreach efforts to promote NCSAM to your stakeholders.

For more information about NCSAM 2019, please visit https://niccs.us-cert.gov/national-cybersecurity-awareness-month-2019 or reach out to stopthinkconnect@hq.dhs.gov. We look forward to you joining us to build a safer and more secure online experience for everyone!

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