What is the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month?

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). NCASM is a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safe and secure online while increasing the resilience of the Nation against cyber threats. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) co-lead NCSAM.

What are the themes for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in 2019?

NCAM 2019 will emphasize personal accountability and stress the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity at home and in the workplace. This year’s overarching message – Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT. – will focus on key areas including citizen privacy, consumer devices, and e-commerce security.

“OWN IT.” Understand your digital profile.

Internet-based devices are present in every aspect of our lives: at home, school, work, and on the go. Constant connection provides opportunities for innovation and modernization, but also presents opportunities for potential cybersecurity threats that can compromise your most important personal information. Understand the devices and applications you use every day to help keep you and your information safe and secure.

The topics for understanding your digital profile and your digital footprint will be:

  • Privacy Settings
  • Safe Social Media Posting
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
  • Internet of Things/Smart Technology
  • Don’t Let Your Tech Own You

“SECURE IT.” Secure your digital profile.

Cybercriminals are very good at getting personal information from unsuspecting victims, and the methods are getting more sophisticated as technology evolves. Protect against cyber threats by learning about security features available on the equipment and software you use. Apply additional layers of security to your devices – like Multi-Factor Authentication – to better protect your personal information.

The topics for securing digital profile and your digital footprint will be:

  • Creating Strong Passwords
  • Multi-Factor Authentication
  • Ecommerce
  • Zero Trust
  • Protecting Against Phishing

“PROTECT IT.” Maintain your digital profile.

Every click, share, send, and post you make creates a digital trail that can be exploited by cybercriminals. To protect yourself from becoming a cybercrime victim you must understand, secure, and maintain your digital profile. You must be aware of what your digital footprint is at all times. Be familiar with and routinely check privacy settings to help protect your privacy and limit cybercrimes.

The topics for maintaining your digital profile and your digital footprint will be:

  • Researching and Assessing Your Digital Profile
  • “Cyber Hygiene”
  • Physical Security and Cybersecurity Comparison


Stay connected during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2019! Follow @digitalstakeout @StaySafeOnline and @Cyber to get the latest #BeCyberSmart updates throughout October!