NCSAM Week 1: Becoming cyber-aware

Posted on: October 1, 2015 | By: Christina Bonds | Filed under: Info Security, Online Safety Tips


This October marks the 12th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). During the month, both private and public sectors, as well as communities, will celebrate NCSAM by sharing tips, advice, resources, and best practices for staying safe while connected. We live in a connected world and need to know how to stay safe while online.

Long gone are the days when we only used the Internet for surfing. Today we purchase airline tickets, deposit checks into our bank accounts, sync our fitness trackers, access our health records, order groceries, and so much more – mostly from the palms of our hands. We can contact family, friends, and even our doctors. A device that is not connected to the Internet is nearly useless today. However, being online threatens our privacy and the security of our personal information, so we all need to do our part to protect ourselves while online. Cyber security is a shared responsibility, so let’s commit to being more cyber aware this October and beyond.

NCSAMWeekly themes

Each week of NCSAM has a different theme that focuses on an aspect of cybersecurity. Here are the themes for NCSAM 2015:

  • Week 1: General Cybersecurity Awareness
  • Week 2: Creating a Culture of Cybersecurity at Work
  • Week 3: Connected Communities: Staying Protected While Always Connected
  • Week 4: Your Evolving Digital Life
  • Week 5: Building the Next Generation of Cyber Professionals

Social media

Twitter Chat Series

You will have the opportunity to join the conversation every Thursday in October. STOP. THINK. CONNECT. will be hosting Twitter chats at 3 pm ET. See what others are saying about how to be more cyber-aware in our ever-connected world and share your own tips, too. Use the hashtag #ChatSTC.

For more information about the Twitter chat series, click here.

Daily posts

Follow Elon Technology on Facebook and Twitter – we’re posting a cyber security tip each day in October. You can also follow the official hashtag for NCSAM 2015 (#CyberAware) all month long.

Find more information about National Cyber Security Awareness Month on the Department of Homeland Security’s website.

Christina Bonds

Christina Bonds, CISSP, is an Application Developer at Elon University

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