Cybersecurity Month

In addition to European Cyber Security Month (ECSM), October 2019 is also National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) in the USA.

NCSAM 2019 emphasises personal accountability and stresses 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. – focuses on key areas including citizen privacy, consumer devices, and e-commerce security. NCSAM 2019 also offers a useful guide that can be used to improve Information Security and Personal Information awareness:

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.

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.

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. Be familiar with and routinely check privacy settings to help protect your privacy and limit cybercrimes.

At we understand that smartphones and other devices, such as home automation systems, are growing in number and sophistication. That’s not going to change anytime soon and the amount of personal information that companies must keep secure is growing exponentially.

Governments can often be an ‘easy target’ for criticism when it comes to Information Security and Data Privacy, but NCSAM and ECSM deserve credit for raising public awareness. Information Security and Privacy is about access and trust and everyone benefits from more robust technologies that ensure secure access and manage personal information responsibly.

#BeCyberSmart, #CyberAware