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Cyber security awareness month

If You Connect It, Protect It!

It sounds so simple, but taking an active and conscious role in protecting your internet-connected devices is greatly important to staying cyber secure. Installing updates as soon as they become available, employing multi-factor authentication, deleting suspicious emails and attachments—following these simple every-day steps can vastly improve cybersecurity.

This is especially true now that nearly everything we do, at nearly every stage of life, is online. This vast network of connections creates many opportunities but also brings more risk. With so much information in cyberspace and with so many points of access, it’s crucial to take steps to secure all connected devices. These steps don’t require tech expertise; just an awareness of good practices in maintaining online safety.

The first week of Cybersecurity Awareness Month highlights the ways in which internet-connected devices have impacted our lives and will empower all users to own their role in security by taking steps to reduce their risks.

Resources to protect your devices

Created by NCSA and CISA

Internet-connected devices are helping homeowners increase efficiency, reduce costs, conserve energy and a whole host of other benefits. However, with all of these benefits come risks to privacy and security. NCSA recommends consumers connect with caution, and take these steps to secure these devices.

NCSA has created a series of 5 small business cybersecurity case studies that can be used as educational resources for the small business community to highlight the real threats and impacts of cyber crime.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has many resources to help you secure your internet-connected devices, including:

Chapter 4 of CISA’s Cyber Essentials Toolkit is out now! Each chapter focuses on recommended actions for IT and C-suite leadership to build cyber readiness into the six interrelated aspects of an organizational culture of cyber readiness.

Created by NCSA’s Board Member Companies and Partners

Human Error thinks October is his month. Watch Kelvin Coleman, Executive Director of the National Cyber Security Alliance, set the record straight and stay cyber aware all year with Mimecast’s awareness training kit.

ESET has gathered their top resources to help you to stay safe online. Share with your friends and family, young and old—everyone deserves a safe internet experience.

Becoming a Champion is a way to officially show your support for Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Champions represent those organizations and individuals dedicated to making the connected world a safer place through awareness and education.

Find the latest and greatest Cybersecurity Awareness month news and resources on social media by following and using the hashtag #BeCyberSmart.

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Highlighted Events

To recognize Cybersecurity Awareness Month, NCSA and partners will come together on October 13th to discuss smart device security for small & medium-sized businesses. As you purchase more of these smart devices/internet of things devices (IoT) and bring them into your home and business, what are the security risks? What steps can you take to minimize those risks? What are policy considerations for employees using smart devices? We’ll discuss all this and more. Bring your questions. We’ll save plenty of time at the end for Q&A.

The 2020 Small Business Cybersecurity Summit is a 3-hour virtual workshop showcasing information and resources that small & medium-sized businesses can put into action to improve their security. What makes it flashy? The majority of the event will be presented in a flash talk format (each speaker will only have 5 minutes and 1 slide to communicate technical concepts to a non-technical audience). Can it be done? Yes. Will it be done? Yes. Join us to see how! In addition to the flash talk series, we’ll kick off with a live-streamed fireside chat discussing the current state of small business cybersecurity, and will conclude the event with a live Q&A session with experts and exhibitor demos.