Every October, Cybersecurity Awareness Month continues to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across the United States. Led by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCSA), Cybersecurity Awareness Month shares messages and weekly themes of the importance of staying safe online. The evergreen theme – Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart – 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.
Throughout the past year and a half, our already virtual world depended even more on the Internet. Organizations like AISN and individuals like you moved more online than ever before – to socialize, to conduct business, and to simply have fun. At AIS Network, we even moved our staff holiday party online.
While an increased online presence can be positive, Cybersecurity Awareness Month encourages everyone to take increased ownership of enhanced online activity and the important security practices that come along with it. The virtual safety of our community, and, ultimately, our nation, depends on our personal online safety practices.
Cybersecurity is important to AISN, and we are committed to helping our customers become more resilient. Throughout October, we encourage your organization to learn how to:
- Be Cyber Smart
Take simple actions to keep our digital lives secure.
- Fight the Phish!
Highlight the dangers of phishing attempts—which can lead to ransomware or other malware attacks—and how to report suspicious emails.
- Explore. Experience. Share.
Celebrate National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education’s (NICE) Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week and the global cybersecurity workforce and highlight how individuals can learn how to become a cybersecurity professional.
- Think Cybersecurity First
Explore how cybersecurity and staying safe online is increasingly important as our world continues to operate virtually for so much of work and play.
We should all approach cybersecurity with care in owning, securing, and protecting all our online accounts and information. AISN offers these resources that you can utilize to keep yourself safe online:
- CISA’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month Website: cisa.gov/cybersecurity-awareness-month
- CISA’s Cyber Essentials – basic cyber best practices for business leaders: cisa.gov/cyber-essentials
- Learn about careers in cyber with the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies: niccs.cisa.gov
If you have more questions about how AISN is getting involved in this year’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month Campaign, email Laurie Head.
Laurie Head is owner of AIS Network.