National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Begins Next Week

Did you know October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month? It was created as a collaboration between the Department of Homeland Security and National Cybersecurity Alliance. The goal is to keep individuals just like you safe and secure online.

In today’s society, the line between being on and offline is often blurred. We spend time glued to our phones, our tablets, and our computers. A lot of what we do in everyday life is tied to our ability to connect to the Internet.

Every year, there is a new theme for Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This year’s theme is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” The motto is “If you connect it, protect it.” Essentially, the goal is to help everyone to get involved with keeping our world safe for everyone through awareness, education, and training.

Over the course of the month, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cybersecurity Alliance will be releasing new content and focusing on weekly content to help spread the word about online safety.

 The first week will focus on emphasizing how everyone is responsible for cybersecurity and will teach you about the potential vulnerability that comes with any device that connects to the Internet. Over 50 percent of the world’s population is connected to the Internet and the number is expected to continue to grow. It’s important to keep everyone safe!

The second week will focus on ways that individuals and organizations, like schools and businesses, can secure their Internet-connected devices for professional and personal use. Because of the pandemic, many of us have resorted to working and learning online. As such, it’s important to learn what we can do to protect ourselves.

Week 3 focuses on the healthcare industry. In recent years, and especially now, many aspects of healthcare are taken care of virtually from enrolling in insurance to accessing important information about our health or having a wellness visit with a doctor online. The healthcare industry also stores much of their data online. Healthcare cybersecurity may not apply to all of us, but it’s an important aspect to consider.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month wraps up in week four with a discussion of the future of Internet-connected devices. This includes technological advancements, like 5G, and how they might affect online experiences.

If you want to participate in this year’s event as a Cybersecurity Awareness Month Champion, visit to learn more. Becoming a Champion is free and you will be listed on the official Champions page.  Once you sign up, you will receive a toolkit of materials to use.

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