2020 Cybersecurity Awareness Month theme is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” This year’s theme is meant to inspire companies and individuals to recognize their part in cyberspace.
What is Cybersecurity Awareness Month?
October 12, 2020
Since 2004 October has been celebrated as Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Cybersecurity awareness month was created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). Originally intended to help all Americans be safe and secure online, the effort has expanded to include businesses, corporations, and educational institutions. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, one of the main focuses was to encourage Americans to update their antivirus twice a year when it is also suggested to change the batteries in your smoke alarms.
In 2010 President Barack Obama officially proclaimed October national cybersecurity awareness, though the month had been celebrated six years before the proclaiming. In the presidential proclamation, President Obama stated that "America's digital infrastructure is critical to laying the foundation for our economic prosperity, government efficiency, and national security." The proclamation went on to state that "We stand at a transformational moment in history when our technologically interconnected world presents both immense promise and potential risks. The same technology that provides new opportunities for economic growth and the free exchange of information around the world also makes possible new threats." Ten years after this statement, the United States is still focusing on cybersecurity and its risks to government organizations, companies, and individuals.
Since the advent of cybersecurity awareness month, there is a new theme and focus for the month. According to the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), the 2020 Cybersecurity Awareness Month theme is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” This year’s theme is meant to inspire companies and individuals to recognize their part in cyberspace. According to the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), the tag line for this year is specifically, “If you connect it, protect it.” This tagline is meant to get individuals and companies alike to start thinking more about implementing stronger security practices than ever before.
What can you do to get involved with Cybersecurity Awareness Month? The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) suggests following them on social media to stay on top of the latest information to share online with family and friends. For advocacy at work, at school, or in your communities, The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) suggests pledging to become a Cybersecurity Awareness Month Champion by signing up on their website. If pledging is not something you want, you can share the Cybersecurity Month Logo with students and colleagues. You can continue this involvement by holding a virtual training event. You can simply sign up for the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) newsletter and have a family tech talk night at home.
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