October 1 marked the beginning of the 11th Annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month. This is an initiative sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, the National cyber Security Alliance, and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center. Today we are wrapping up the first of five awareness initiatives that take place in October.
The Stop. Think. Connect Campaign serves as a reminder that cybersecurity is a shared responsibility. Through this campaign, the Department of Homeland Security helps educate Americans on the importance of online safety. This initiative kicks off National Cyber Security Awareness Month every year. For more on this, check out the resources in the Stop. Think. Connect. Resource Guide.
In the second week of October, the focus is on the secure development of IT products. Secure technology products, including the phones, tablets, and computers we use every day, is key to enhanced cybersecurity.
The Internet of Things and our critical infrastructure take center stage during week three. By working together, we can make sure that our homes and businesses will have power, our transportation systems will get us where we need to go, and our communication systems will help us connect at work and at home.
Week four is made for small and medium sized businesses and entrepreneurs. While bigger businesses can often dedicate greater resources towards cybersecurity, small and medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurs face the same cybersecurity challenges and threats with limited resources, capacity, and personnel.
In week five we wrap things up with Cyber Crime and Law Enforcement. The Internet has made crimes like credit card fraud and identity theft easier and more prevalent. Many crimes affecting individuals are increasingly conducted or facilitated through the Internet. The Department of Homeland Security has several departments that uphold the law enforcement mission of protecting and defending the Nation against all threats, including cyber crime.
To learn more about National Cyber Security Awareness Month, visit the NCSAM home page here. They have a calendar of events, tips on making the most of NCSAM, and ideas to improve your cyber security year-round.
Christine Barry is Senior Chief Blogger and Social Media Manager at Barracuda. In this role, she helps bring Barracuda stories to life and facilitate communication between the public and Barracuda internal teams. Prior to joining Barracuda, Christine was a field engineer and project manager for K12 and SMB clients for over 15 years. She holds several technology credentials, a Bachelor of Arts, and a Master of Business Administration. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan.