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October Is Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 

National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.

The 15th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) will highlight user awareness among consumers, students/academia, and business. NCSAM 2018 will address specific challenges and identify opportunities for behavioral change. It will also remind everyone that protecting the internet is “Our Shared Responsibility.” In addition, NCSAM 2018 will shine a spotlight on the critical need to build a strong, cyber-secure workforce to help ensure families, communities, businesses and the country’s infrastructure are better protected.

Since its inception under leadership from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, NCSAM has grown exponentially, reaching consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation. 2018 marks the 15th year of National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

OIT will be promoting NCSAM in October, featuring a different message each week.

  • Week 1, Oct. 1-5, 2018, will feature, “Make Your Home a Haven for Online Safety.”
  • Week 2: Oct. 8–12: Millions of Rewarding Jobs: Educating for a Career in Cybersecurity
  • Week 3: Oct. 15–19: It’s Everyone’s Job to Ensure Online Safety at Work
  • Week 4: Oct. 22–26: Safeguarding the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure

Staying safe and secure online is our shared responsibility. Here is easy-to-follow, actionable advice for everyone. STOP: make sure security measures are in place. THINK: about the consequences of your actions and behaviors online. CONNECT: and enjoy the internet.

If you haven’t completed your required IT Security Training for 2018, October is a great month to do so. Please proceed to OIT’s Security Awareness Training webpage and complete your training to meet your individual policy requirements.

Department heads, if you’re not sure if your staff has completed their IT Security Awareness training, please have someone in your office with access to IRIS execute report ZHR_QUALCOMM_REP, using your organization unit, qualification 50273441 and a completion date of 12/31/2018 to get a clear picture of your unit’s status.