Editorial

How is your National Cybersecurity Awareness Month going?

With 55% of UK businesses targeted by cybercrime in the last year, the US idea of raising this topic every October looks pretty good to us

Posted 8 October 2019 by

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness month – but it’s a US initiative, not one driven by our own National Cyber Security Centre, so we thought we’d just remind you.

Is your team following the ‘Own IT. Secure. IT. Protect IT’ guidance?

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) was created as a collaborative effort between Uncle Sam and industry to ensure “every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online”.

Since its original inception, under leadership from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), NCSAM has grown to now reach American consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation.

Now in its 16th year, NCSAM continues to build momentum and impact co-led by NCSA and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) – but there’s no reason at all it can’t also be something we Brits take advantage of, too, so we’re sharing its 2019 message here.

That’s a slogan called, ‘Own IT. Secure. IT. Protect IT’ – a theme dreamt up to help encourage personal accountability and proactive behaviour in digital privacy, security best practices, common cyber threats and cybersecurity careers:

  • Own IT
    • Never Click and Tell: staying safe on social media
    • Update Privacy Settings
    • Keep Tabs on Your Apps: best practices for device applications
    • Never Click and Tell: staying safe on social media
  • Secure IT
    • Shake Up Your Passphrase Protocol: create strong, unique passphrases
    • Double Your Login Protection: turn on multi-factor authentication
    • Shop Safe Online
    • Play Hard To Get With Strangers: how to spot and avoid phish
  • Protect IT
    • If You Connect, You Must Protect: updating to the latest security software, web browser and operating systems
    • Stay Protected While Connected: Wi-Fi safety
    • If You Collect It, Protect It: keeping customer/consumer data and information safe

Seems very sensible to us – and if you want to check out more detailed guidance for UK business and public sector, there’s literally no better a place than the Centre’s resource library.

So – be safe!