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Celebrating National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October 07, 2020
EMAIL AND TECHNOLOGY

Cybersecurity has never been more vital. In the past few months, the pandemic has forced normal in-person routines to all go virtual. Americans have spent an unprecedented amount of time online—working from home, completing virtual schooling, shopping, socializing, and much more. This October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month should be on every American’s radar.

The annual event, now in its 17th year, is organized by the National Cybersecurity Alliance and the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency as a way to spread education about the basics of protecting yourself and your privacy online. This year, the theme is: “If you connect it, protect it,” which speaks to the increasingly universal nature of the digital world. Americans are constantly connected—smart TVs, mobile phones, laptops, tablets, and more—and should prioritize safety on each of those devices in order to ensure their private information stays private. Cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated by the day and are seeking to take advantage of how connected Americans are, which is why National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is so needed.

In addition to the primary theme, the organizing hosts will also focus on securing devices both at home and at work, something that is unique this year because of the widespread shift to remote work and school. They will also focus on the security of internet-connected devices in healthcare and the future of connectivity. Online users can follow the hashtag #BeCyberSmart on social media to learn about all of the resources available during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

Educating yourself is the first step, but awareness shouldn’t stop there. Spread the education to your family members, especially children, as personal networks can only be completely secure if everyone that uses them understands cybersecurity basics. If you have children, take the opportunity of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month to speak with school administrators about what they’re doing to protect their kids online. Similarly, this is a good time to raise the issue with employers, and encourage IT and business leaders to prioritize cybersecurity organization-wide.

This October, make it your mission to learn about the rapidly changing cybersecurity world and keep the learning going throughout your community, and throughout the year!

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