United States of America – National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)
As the Fall weather starts and we begin to overindulge in pumpkin spice lattes and candy, another great seasonal reminder is presented, Cybersecurity Awareness Month! Started in 2004 by the National Cyber Security Division within the United States Department of Homeland Security and the nonprofit National Cyber Security Alliance the dedicated month aims to raise awareness about cybersecurity. The focus is both on how consumers can protect their data and how organizations can take steps to safeguard their infrastructure. Since 2004, we have seen a global adoption of Cybersecurity Awareness Month with Canada and the European Union (EU) joining the US.
European Union – European Cybersecurity Month (ECSM)
The ECSM is dedicated to promoting cybersecurity among citizens and organizations, and to providing up-to-date online security information through awareness raising and sharing of good practices. ‘Think Before U Click’ is the official motto of ECSM 2020.
Canada – Cyber Security Awareness Month (CSAM)
The Canadian CSAM is to inform the public of the importance of cyber security. This campaign is focused on helping all Canadians be more secure online, by being informed and knowing the simple steps to take to protect themselves, their families, their workplace, and their devices. The month is divided into two themes which highlight different aspects of cyber security, focusing on protecting devices.
October 2020 – If You Connect It, Protect It
As we embark on another October of bringing awareness to the importance of cybersecurity, this year’s theme is, “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” Encouraging individuals and organizations to do their part, stressing personal accountability and the importance of organizations taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity.
Through the month of October the emphasis will be on “If You Connect It, Protect It,” and we will be releasing a set of blogs to focus on the weekly topics, give tips on how to protect your connected devices, and what the future looks like:
October 6 (Week 1): If You Connect It, Protect It
October 13 (Week 2): Securing Devices at Home and Work
October 20 (Week 3): Securing Internet-Connected Devices in Healthcare
October 27 (Week 4): The Future of Connected Devices
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