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Finally, NCSAM is Here!

October has finally arrived and today is the official start of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2019! The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), in partnership with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), is leading efforts to increase cybersecurity awareness and encourage all Americans to be responsible technology users. Throughout October, CISA and NCSA will promote the overarching theme of “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.”, to encourage all Americans to enable positive cybersecurity behavior changes and be accountable for their personal cybersecurity.

CISA and NCSA have developed a variety of resources to educate the public on how they can “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.” during the month of October, as well as emphasize the importance of cybersecurity awareness year-round. These resources will help you better understand cybersecurity and improve your online security.  Steps may include enabling multi-factor authentication, updating privacy settings on all of your accounts, and remembering not to post personal information on social media

The NCSAM 2019 Toolkit also facilitates engagement within communities and encourages smart cybersecurity habits. The NCSAM Toolkit includes talking points, sample social media posts, and engagement ideas that can be used to connect with an assortment of audiences. Additionally, on the NCSAM website you will find tip sheets, a NCSAM trivia game, NCSAM-branded graphics and logos that you can download and use in your outreach efforts, and much more.

For more information about NCSAM 2019, please visit https://niccs.us-cert.gov/national-cybersecurity-awareness-month-2019 or reach out to stopthinkconnect@hq.dhs.gov. We look forward to you joining us this October and help us build a safer and more secure online experience for everyone!

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