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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) October 2019

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month October 2019
National Cybersecurity Awareness Month October 2019

The National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is held in October every year. This program is an alliance between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and National Security. It focuses to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity to individuals at home as well as workplace.

Thus, to ensure that every individuals, industries and organizations should be aware of the importance of cybersecurity and have the rightful resources to incorporate the online safety.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • October 2019 is the 16th anniversary of the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM).
  • The NCSAM theme this year is ‘Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT’.
  • The NCSAM theme this year is all about citizens privacy, consumer devices safety and e-commerce security.

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month October 2019

NCSAM 2019
NCSAM credits – NICCS

NCSAM 2019 highlights the crucial points of maintaining cyber security in both personal and workplace perspective. Thus the theme has the broader message to reach the citizens saying – Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT. Its key focus will be personal accountability, citizen privacy, consumer and digital devices, and e-commerce security. The theme also stresses on taking proactive steps to ensure the Cybersecurity both at home and in the workplace.

This program also aims at drawing individual’s attention towards adopting best practices of Cybersecurity and finding careers in Cybersecurity.

Let’s make a brief note of NCSAM 2019 theme – “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT” :

NCSAM 2019 Theme “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT”

  • Own IT.

    • Securing digital profiles: Individual should never disclose their private profile and data. Certain things are very important to control what data is being shared, how the data is stored within the social media platforms and how to prevent them from being illegally accessed.
    • Regular update of Privacy Settings: It is very important to keep a check on the privacy settings of the digital accounts. This can be done within the “privacy settings” of the accounts, to ensure that your data stored within the online accounts are secured.
    • Never Share Sensitive Details: Cybercriminals often attempts tricky approaches like phishing phone calls, cloned websites or emails that ask for private information. Thus, users should be aware of that and never share the private and sensitive data like passwords, logins to bank or authentication codes to unknown persons or websites. As this can be an attempt to steal the private data.
    • Keep Tabs on Your Apps: Always keep a tab of all your apps installed within the devices and remove the ones, you no longer need. Always unsubscribe for services to stop getting any unnecessary notifications. Use best practices for application security and privacy.
  • Secure IT.

    • Use additional security layer to protect online accounts: The very first thing to be taken care of in the digital world is to secure online accounts with strong passwords that are unbreakable. Create strong and unique passcode for every online accounts like social media and bank accounts. It is also advised not to use the same password everywhere. It is better to use a legitimate password manager to generate and store passwords for all online accounts.
    • Enable two-factor authentication: Empower your secure login by adding two-factor authentication for apps that will implement an add-on extra layer of security to protect online accounts.
    • Secure online Shopping: Be sure of the website and links you choose to shop and pay online. As Cybercriminal uses cloned sites that may appear legitimate but information entered like card details can be stolen. Being aware of such cyber-scams and follow the guidelines for a secure online transaction to  avoid data frauds.
    • Play Hard To Get With Phishers: It is important to be aware of phishing emails, spotting them at correctly and avoiding opening any phishing emails in your inbox.
  • Protect IT.

    • Secure Internet Connection: Users should be careful while connecting their computer or devices to the internet. And update to the latest security software, web browsers, and operating systems. As our online activities leave trails of website visited, clicks, links shared, downloads and sending and receiving data. If we are not in a secure online environment, then the cyber-criminals can track these data and expose them publicly.
    • Stay Protected While Connected To Public Wi-Fi: An open wi-fi is of course an attraction for users, but it is also a great advantage for threat actors. As the data shred through an open or unsecured wi-fi connection can let the cyber-criminals to breach the device security and steal data, drop malicious codes and so on. Avoid login into bank accounts or any secure transaction using a public wi-fi, if you need to do so, then use a VPN service.
    • Keep customer/consumer data and information safe: Organizations who are collecting and storing user’s data should be responsible enough to handle the data securely. They should adopt the best practices of Cybersecurity to keep the consumer data and information safe.

The Bottom line:

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2019 is again the time of the year to implement and spread the awareness of the Cybersecurity an ideal time to become cyber best practices both at home and at workplace. So, lets “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT” this time for sure, as privacy is all that matters in this digital era. For full details about NCSAM 2019 toolkit visit here.

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