For 15 years, October has been known as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) under leadership from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance. Infinity, Inc., your local managed IT services provider, announces our commitment to NCSAM by once again signing up as a Champion and joining the growing global effort to promote the awareness of online safety and privacy.
“Security of our networks and data has become the overriding concern of every technology service provider today and nearly every business owner,” says CEO Chuck Brown. “The threats are constant, they’re everywhere, and protection is critical for clients to be able to trust companies with their business. Cybersecurity is also important to us personally, and as a team we are proud to promote better education and practices not only this month but all year long.”
What is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month?
NCSAM is a collaborative effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations and individuals committed to promoting cybersecurity best practices. This year’s NCSAM theme is ‘Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.’ which encourages everyone to #BeCyberSmart by:
- understanding the elements of your digital profile,
- securing your personal information through tools and ‘cyber’ hygiene,
- and maintaining your digital profile by routinely checking on privacy settings and other factors.
Now in its 16th year, NCSAM continues to build momentum and impact with the ultimate goal of providing all Americans with the information they need to stay safer and more secure online. Infinity is proud to support this far-reaching online safety awareness and education initiative which is co-led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA).
“Cybersecurity is important to the success of all businesses and organizations. NCSA is proud to have such a strong and active community helping to encourage proactive behavior and prioritize cybersecurity in their organizations,” said Kelvin Coleman, executive director, NCSA.
How to Participate in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
The easiest way to participate is by following Infinity on Facebook or LinkedIn. We’ll be posting helpful information from the NCSA, CISA, FBI, and other security experts that you can implement and share with friends. You can also follow and use the official NCSAM hashtag #BeCyberSmart on social media throughout the month.
Another easy way is to subscribe to our email list (click on the green button above). We send out a Top 3 Scams message on the first of every month so you know what phishing attacks might hit your Inbox next. And we share a newsletter mid-month with business information, tech tips, and some of the inner details of our company.
You can also bookmark the cybersecurity tag in our blog posts and read them throughout the month.
Or you can visit the NCSAM website and choose from a variety of activities at home and at work.
No matter what you do, be sure to Think Before You Click and trust your gut. If something feels ‘off,’ it probably is. Get in the habit of taking a moment before clicking / accepting that connection request / sharing your personal information. You, and your entire network, will be safer.
Background on NCSAM:
NCSAM is designed to engage and educate public- and private-sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity to increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. Since the Presidential proclamation establishing NCSAM in 2004, the initiative has been formally recognized by Congress, federal, state and local governments, and leaders from industry and academia. This united effort is necessary to maintain a cyberspace that is safer and more resilient and remains a source of tremendous opportunity and growth for years to come. For more information, visit staysafeonline.org/ncsam or niccs.us-cert.gov/national-cybersecurity-awareness-month-2019.
NCSA is the nation’s leading nonprofit, public-private partnership promoting cybersecurity and privacy education and awareness. NCSA works with a broad array of stakeholders in government, industry and civil society. NCSA’s primary partners are the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and NCSA’s Board of Directors, which includes representatives from ADP; American Express; Bank of America; CDK Global, LLC; CertNexus; Cisco; Cofense; Comcast Corporation; Eli Lilly and Company; ESET North America; Facebook; Google; Infosec; Intel Corporation; Marriott International; Mastercard; Microsoft Corporation; Mimecast; NXP Semiconductors; Proofpoint; Raytheon; Symantec Corporation; Trend Micro, Inc.; Uber: U.S. Bank; Visa and Wells Fargo. NCSA’s core efforts include National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (October); Data Privacy Day (Jan. 28); STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™, the global online safety awareness and education campaign co-founded by NCSA and the Anti-Phishing Working Group with federal government leadership from the Department of Homeland Security; and CyberSecure My Business™, which offers webinars, web resources and workshops to help businesses be resistant to and resilient from cyberattacks. For more information on NCSA, please visit https://staysafeonline.org/about/.