National Cyber Security Awareness Month
By Joshlin Sheridan, Marketing —
During Autumn, you might be celebrating sending kids back to school and the start of the football season. You might enjoy celebrating traditional holidays like Thanksgiving and Halloween. But did you know that there is one more annual fall tradition you can add to your list? October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month in the USA, and it’s a great time of year to brush up on reminders for staying safe online.
What is the Campaign?
In 2004, the Department of Homeland Security saw a growing need to warn and inform Americans of cyber-related safety. They teamed up with a nonprofit organization called National Cyber Security Alliance to create this annual observance. Their main campaign is called “STOP. THINK. CONNECT™” which helps Americans be mindful of online behaviors and fosters a sense of shared responsibility between internet users. Additionally, each week of October has mini-themes such as safeguarding your home, educating your coworkers about cyber security, and even promoting many to become cyber security professionals.
The Need for Awareness
Many Americans use their electronic devices casually, without thinking about the threats to their personal information that their online actions can cause. Hopefully, having annual reminders of cyber security can help raise awareness and save thousands from phishing scams, social engineering, and a slew of other data breaches. This is especially true when an identity is at risk of being stolen or falsified. This awareness continues to also grow through work training programs and government legislation.
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