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Yes, it’s that time of year again… National Cyber Security Awareness Month kicks off its tenth anniversery, and even though this awareness campaign sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center is geared towards those with no background in security, it is also a good time for the savvy to double check their online habits.

As security pros, we still surf the web, click on links to destinations unknown, open emails and attachments from trusted and untrusted sources, use weak passwords, and all the other no-no’s we preach against, even if not to the extent that the average netizen does.

So, makes sure your software is up to date, change those passwords, exercise caution on the web, and help spread the word on the most basic of responsibilities we all need to uphold in the digital realm.

Making every single person more secure makes us all more secure – so here’s the official calendar of awareness initiatives for this month:

Stop Think Connect logo Week One (October 1-4):
Launch of 10th Annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Cybersecurity is Our Shared Responsibility
The next ten years in cybersecurity are critical to ensure a safe, secure, resilient cyberspace where the American way of life can thrive. Given the stakes we must remain focused on meeting the challenges of the next ten years.
keyboard keys Week Two (October 7-11):
Being Mobile: Online Safety and Security
Emphasizes the importance of cybersecurity no matter where you are or what device you are using.
Group of people Week Three (October 15-18):
Cyber Workforce and the Next Generation of Cyber Leaders
Highlights the importance of fostering the next generation cyber workforce through education and training.
keyboard keys Week Four (October 21-25):
Cyber Crime
Focuses on national and local efforts to prevent traditional crimes like theft, fraud, and abuse that can also take place online.
Man with a headset Week Five (October 28-31):
Critical Infrastructure and Cybersecurity
Highlights the growing intersection between cyber and physical security when protecting the Nation’s critical infrastructure.

“Through a series of events and initiatives across the country, National Cyber Security Awareness Month engages public and private sector partners to raise awareness and educate Americans about cybersecurity, and increase the resiliency of the Nation and its cyber infrastructure…”

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