Get Ready! National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2018 is Quickly Approaching

Last Published Date: 
September 12, 2018

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is proud to announce the 15th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), in partnership with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA).

October 2004 was the first National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. At that time, Facebook was less than a year old and neither the iPhone nor the Samsung Galaxy existed. It was a very different landscape, but much like the technology we use, NCSAM messages have evolved. In 2018, cybersecurity is more than just remembering to update antivirus software and to help inexperienced users recognize phishing attempts. Cybersecurity attacks continuously threaten our nation’s critical infrastructure, including transportation, utilities, public health, and financial services. Plus, the more that we integrate technology into our lives, the more vulnerable we become to cybersecurity threats. Our daily life, economic vitality, and national security depend on a stable, safe, and resilient cyberspace.[1] Because we are so connected in today’s world, this message is for everyone, even the most experienced users. To minimize any vulnerability in our cybersecurity ecosystem, we all must work together.  

DHS has announced the following overarching theme for 2018 NCSAM: Cybersecurity is our shared responsibility.

Key Messages:

  • Strengthen the Nation’s Cybersecurity Ecosystem
  • Tackle it Together
  • Build up the Cybersecurity Workforce
  • Secure Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Threats

A commitment to cybersecurity is more important than ever.  To learn more about National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, visit https://www.dhs.gov/ncsam.

In coordination with DHS’s overarching theme and key messages, NCSA will promote NCSAM 2018 weekly themes throughout the month. To learn more about NCSA’s weekly themes and learn about more ways to get involved in NCSA’s efforts, visit https://staysafeonline.org/ncsam/about-ncsam/.

For questions, please contact us at stopthinkconnect@hq.dhs.gov

[1] Reference: https://www.dhs.gov/topic/cybersecurity