The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), in partnership with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), has kicked off the 18th annual Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
This year’s theme for the month-long campaign is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” Throughout October, CISA and NCSA will participate in a number of events, social media engagements, and other outreach to encourage people and organizations to take ownership of their individual cybersecurity and take actionable steps to stay safe online.
The launch follows a proclamation by President Joe Biden designating October as a time for the public and private sectors to work together to continue raising awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and equip the public with necessary resources.
“Cybersecurity is ultimately about protecting lives and keeping people secure,” said CISA Director Jen Easterly. “It’s important that everyone take a moment this month to implement common-sense steps like multi-factor authentication to keep themselves secure online. So much of our daily routines exist on digital platforms, and we need everyone to do their part to combat the growing threats our nation faces in cyberspace.”
“We’ve seen an unprecedented shift to more digital usage in the last year, and there’s no going back,” said Lisa Plaggemier, Interim Executive Director of NCSA. “The onset of the ongoing pandemic and the need to stay connected has made our digital life prone to cyber threats now more than ever. As such, it’s critical that we adopt cyber-safe practices that can keep our devices and access to our personal data safe and reduce the risk of exposure.”
CISA and NCSA will focus their efforts on the following specific themes throughout the month:
- Week of October 4 (Week 1): Be Cyber Smart
- Week of October 11 (Week 2): Phight the Phish!
- Week of October 18 (Week 3): Career Awareness Week: Explore. Experience. Share
- Week of October 25 (Week 4): Cybersecurity First