Published September 24, 2020

Now in its 17th year, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) continues to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across our Nation, ensuring that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online.

NCSAM Theme & Schedule

CISA and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) are proud to announce this year’s theme:

“Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.”

This theme encourages individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace, stressing personal accountability and the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity.

NCSAM emphasizes “If You Connect It, Protect It.” Throughout October, CISA and NCSA will focus on the following areas in our promotions and outreach:

  • October 1 and 2: Official NCSAM Kick-off
  • Week of October 5 (Week 1): If You Connect It, Protect It
  • Week of October 12 (Week 2): Securing Devices at Home and Work
  • Week of October 19 (Week 3): Securing Internet-Connected Devices in Healthcare
  • Week of October 26 (Week 4): The Future of Connected Devices

Use NCSAM’s hashtag #BeCyberSmart before and during October to promote your involvement in raising cybersecurity awareness.

Thank you for your support and commitment to NCSAM and helping all Americans stay safe and secure online. Please email the CISA NCSAM Team or the NCSA NCSAM Team with any questions. Please direct media inquiries to CISAMedia@hq.dhs.gov or call 703-235-2010.

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Resources

During National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), the following tip sheets and resources are invaluable tools for reducing cybersecurity risks and protecting yourself online. Use these resources in your communities and share them with your stakeholders throughout the year to encourage strong, nationwide cybersecurity. These materials are free and may be modified to meet your needs.

Cybersecurity at Work Tip Sheet

Businesses face significant financial loss when a cyber-attack occurs. Cybercriminals often rely on human error—employees failing to install software patches or clicking on malicious links—to gain access to systems. From the top leadership to the newest employee, cybersecurity requires the vigilance of everyone to keep data, customers, and capital safe and secure. #BeCyberSmart to connect with confidence and support a culture of cybersecurity at your organization.

Cybersecurity While Traveling Tip Sheet

In a world where we are constantly connected, cybersecurity cannot be limited to the home or office. When you’re traveling— whether domestic or international—it is always important to practice safe online behavior and take proactive steps to secure Internet-enabled devices. The more we travel, the more we are at risk for cyberattacks. #BeCyberSmart and use these tips to connect with confidence while on the go.

Identity Theft and Internet Scams Tip Sheet

Today’s technology allows us to connect around the world, to bank and shop online, and to control our televisions, homes, and cars from our smartphones. With this added convenience comes an increased risk of identity theft and Internet scams. #BeCyberSmart on the Internet—at home, at school, at work, on mobile devices, and on the go.

E-Skimming Tip Sheet

The Internet touches almost all aspects of our daily lives. We are able to shop, bank, connect with family and friends, and handle our medical records all online. These activities require you to provide personally identifiable information (PII) such as your name, date of birth, account numbers, passwords, and location information. #BeCyberSmart when sharing personal information online to reduce the risk of becoming a cybercrimes victim.

Internet of Things Tip Sheet

Now more than ever, consumers spend increasing amounts of time on the Internet. With every social media account you sign up for, every picture you post, and status you update, you are sharing information about yourself with the world. How can you be proactive and “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart”? Take these simple steps to connect with confidence and safely navigate the social media world.
Multi-factor Authentication Tip Sheet

Have you noticed how often security breaches, stolen data, and identity theft are consistently front-page news these days? Perhaps you, or someone you know, are a victim of cyber criminals who stole personal information, banking credentials, or more. As these incidents become more prevalent, you should consider using multi-factor authentication, also called strong authentication, or two-factor authentication. This technology may already be familiar to you, as many banking and financial institutions require both a password and one of the following to log in: a call, email, or text containing a code. By applying these principles of verification to more of your personal accounts, such as email, social media, and more, you can better secure your information and identity online!

Online Privacy Tip Sheet

The Internet touches almost all aspects of our daily lives. We are able to shop, bank, connect with family and friends, and handle our medical records all online. These activities require you to provide personally identifiable information (PII) such as your name, date of birth, account numbers, passwords, and location information. #BeCyberSmart when sharing personal information online to reduce the risk of becoming a cybercrimes victim.

Passwords Tip Sheet

Creating a strong password is an essential step to protecting yourself online. Using long and complex passwords is one of the easiest ways to defend yourself from cybercrime. No citizen is immune to cyber risk, but #BeCyberSmart and you can minimize your chances of an incident.

Phishing Tip Sheet

Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites to infect your machine with malware and viruses in order to collect personal and financial information. Cybercriminals attempt to lure users to click on a link or open an attachment that infects their computers, creating vulnerability to attacks. Phishing emails may appear to come from a real financial institution, e-commerce site, government agency, or any other service, business, or individual. The email may also request personal information such as account numbers, passwords, or Social Security numbers. When users respond with the information or click on a link, attackers use it to access users’ accounts.

Protecting Your Digital Home Tip Sheet

More and more of our home devices—including thermostats, door locks, coffee machines, and smoke alarms—are now connected to the Internet. This enables us to control our devices on our smartphones, no matter our location, which in turn can save us time and money while providing convenience and even safety. These advances in technology are innovative and intriguing, however they also pose a new set of security risks. #BeCyberSmart to connect with confidence and protect your digital home.

Social Media Cybersecurity Tip Sheet

Now more than ever, consumers spend increasing amounts of time on the Internet. With every social media account you sign up for, every picture you post, and status you update, you are sharing information about yourself with the world. How can you be proactive and “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart”? Take these simple steps to connect with confidence and safely navigate the social media world.

CISA Cybersecurity Resources

To decrease cybersecurity risks and protect yourself online, CISA offers a number of resources to share in your communities and with your stakeholders. These tools are not only valuable during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) but throughout the year.

CISA’s Telework Resources – Telework Guidance and Best Practices
As the Nation’s risk advisor, CISA brings our industry partners and the federal government together to improve American cyber and infrastructure security. CISA offers these  resources to assist organizations and teleworkers in being secure when working remotely.

CISA’s Cybersecurity Hub – Assessments, Prevention, and Response Resources
CISA offers a wide range of cybersecurity assessments that evaluate operational resilience, cybersecurity practices, organizational management of external dependencies, and other key elements of a robust cybersecurity framework. CISA’s cybersecurity assessment services are available upon request and offered  strictly on a voluntary basis.

CISA’s Cyber Essentials – Cybersecurity Awareness and Best Practices Resources
CISA’s Cyber Essentials is a guide for small business leaders and local government agencies to develop an actionable understanding of how to implement organizational cybersecurity best practices. For more information, check out the Cyber Essentials Toolkits, a set of modules that breaks down the CISA Cyber Essentials into bite-sized actions for IT and C-suite leadership to work toward full implementation of each Cyber Essential.

CISA’s #Protect2020 – Election Security and Disinformation Resources
#PROTECT2020 is a national call to action initiated by CISA, the lead federal agency responsible for national election security, to enhance the integrity and resilience of the Nation’s election infrastructure, and ensure the confidentiality, truthfulness, and accuracy of free and fair elections. This serves as a starting point for election security resources for the public as well as election officials at all levels.

National Risk Management – Mitigating Cyber Risks To The Nation’s Critical Infrastructure
In today’s digitizing world, organizations are increasingly integrating cyber systems into their critical infrastructure operations. Whether it be protecting 5G wireless technology, our nation’s pipeline infrastructure, or the ICT supply chain, CISA serves as the nation’s risk advisor to identify threats and vulnerabilities to these assets, systems, and networks that provide functions necessary for our way of life.

Sample Social Media Posts & Graphics

CISA has created sample social media posts and graphics to promote NCSAM. These materials are free for use.

If you would like zip file of the animation above, as well as the images below, and more, please email the CISA NCSAM team at stopthinkconnect@hq.dhs.gov. These materials are free and may be modified to meet your needs.

Sample Twitter Posts

#BeCyberSmart during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2020! Follow @CISAgov and @StaySafeOnline to get the latest updates throughout October!

#DYK in 2019 more than $3.5 billion was lost globally to cybercrime?1 Learn how to #BeCyberSmart and protect yourself by participating in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

Cybercriminals often impersonate big name brands. Do you know how to protect yourself from #phishing scams? Visit cisa.gov/ncsam to learn more! #BeCyberSmart

#DYK 7 million data records are compromised daily?2 #BeCyberSmart and learn how to protect your data online by visiting cisa.gov/ncsam

#DYK there’s a free cyber planner available to #smallbiz from @FCC? Find it here: www.fcc.gov/cyberplanner #BeCyberSmart

Learn about National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2020 by following @StaySafeOnline & @CISAgov www.staysafeonline.org & cisa.gov/ncsam #BeCyberSmart

#DYK it only takes one person to create a data breach? National Cybersecurity Awareness Month encourages everyone to Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart

The first three months of 2020 saw a 20% increase in cyber fraud as cybercriminals took advantage of the global pandemic.3 Visit cisa.gov/ncsam to learn how to #BeCyberSmart

#BeCyberSmart this National Cybersecurity Awareness Month! We must work together and all do our part to help build a more secure online world. #cybersecurity

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month! When it comes to #cybersecurity, make sure you Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart

How should you approach #cybersecurity? Learn how to #BeCyberSmart this October during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month! Visit cisa.gov/ncsam and www.staysafeonline.org

If You Connect It, Protect It! Learn how to be safer online this National Cybersecurity Awareness Month by visiting cisa.gov/ncsam and www.staysafeonline.org #BeCyberSmart

Sample Facebook/LinkedIn Posts

NCSAM Kick-off Week

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) has officially begun! join us in spreading cybersecurity awareness and encourage everyone to own their role in protecting Internet-connected devices. “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.”

Visit cisa.gov/ncsam for more information.

#Cybersecurity #NCSAM2020

Week 1

The focus of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month’s first week is “If you Connect It, Protect It.” This emphasizes the potential vulnerability of all Internet-connected devices.
Cybersecurity starts with YOU and is everyone’s responsibility. There are currently an estimated 4.8 billion Internet users—over 62% of the world’s population!4 This number will only grow, making the need to “Protect It” more important than ever.

Join us and get involved by visiting cisa.gov/ncsam

#BeCyberSmart #Cybersecurity #NCSAM2020

Week 2

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month’s second week focuses on steps individuals and organizations can take to secure Internet-connected devices for personal and professional use.
This year has seen major disruptions in the way we work, learn, and socialize, driving many of these activities online. With our homes, schools, and business more connected than ever, it’s vital to “Protect It” and #BeCyberSmart.

Learn how to Protect It by visiting cisa.gov/ncsam

#Cybersecurity #NCSAM2020

Week 3

The healthcare industry relies increasingly on Internet-connected devices and solutions to improve patient care, organizational efficiency, speed of crisis response, and much more.The emergence of telemedicine, digital health records, online medical devices, patient wellness apps, and an increasing amount of third parties entering the health supply chain has created many benefits. However, it has also exposed the industry to vulnerabilities that cybercriminals can exploit.

Visit cisa.gov/ncsam to learn how to better protect your internet-connected health devices.
The third week of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month delves into the healthcare industry, exploring the vulnerabilities of Internet-connected healthcare devices, and what steps users can take to Protect It and do their part and #BeCyberSmart.

#Cybersecurity #NCSAM2020

Week 4

The final week of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month examines the future of Internet-connected devices. NCSAM Week 4 will explore how technological innovations, such as 5G, might impact consumers’ and businesses’ online experiences (e.g. faster speeds and data transmission, and larger attack surfaces for cybercriminals).

Visit cisa.gov/ncsam to learn more.

We will also examine how people and infrastructure can adapt to the continuous evolution of Internet-connected devices moving forward. It is not only necessary to safeguard our personal devices, but all the devices we interact with. No matter what the future brings, everyone needs to be to do their part and #BeCyberSmart to ensure the safety of cyberspace.

#Cybersecurity #NCSAM2020

1https://pdf.ic3.gov/2019_IC3Report.pdf
2https://www.varonis.com/blog/the-world-in-data-breaches/
3https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2020/04/28/2023282/0/en/Arkose-Labs-Reveals-20-Spike-in-Fraud-as-Digital-Behavior-Shifts-During-COVID-19.html
4https://internetworldstats.com/stats.htm pulled 7/28/2020

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