October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

National Cyber Security Awareness month (NCSAM) is held every October as a collaboration between the US government and industries. The purpose of this month long event is to raise awareness of cybersecurity and provide resources which can be used to help entities and people be safer online.

For 2019, the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) has released the NCSAM 2019 Toolkit which was developed to help companies promote and engage in National Cybersecurity Awareness month. This year, the theme for the toolkit and Cyber Security Awareness Month is “OWN IT. SECURE IT. PROTECT IT.” This theme is broken down into three components. Own IT refers to understanding your digital profile, Secure IT involves securing your digital profile, and Protect IT covers maintaining your digital profile. Each of these three components are covered in more detail in the NCSAM 2019 Toolkit.

NICCS is managed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) which promotes cybersecurity awareness, training, and education. Their goal is to provide organizations with the tools and resources to ensure proper training regarding cybersecurity.