Shedding Light on National Cybersecurity Awareness Month & Prevention Training
To ensure every American has the resources necessary to stay safer and more secure online, October has been deemed National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), a collaborative effort between the Department for Homeland Security and its public and private partners, including the National Cyber Security Alliance.
According to research, since 2013 there are 3,809,448 records stolen from breaches every day, 158,727 per hour, 2,645 per minute and 44 every second of every day. So, as an overarching theme for this year, NCSAM reminds Americans that cybersecurity and cyber hygiene is a shared responsibility. And it seems that Americans, for one, agree that cybersecurity is critical.
A Shared Concern for Cyber Security
According to a recent 2018 Gallup poll, 81 percent of Americans ranked cybersecurity as a ‘critical threat’ to U.S. ‘vital interests,’ second only to North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons ranking at 82 percent.
Further, a Verizon 2018 data breach investigations report revealed 53,308 security incidents this year, including 2,216 confirmed data breaches spanning 65 countries.
Now let’s consider the dollars-and-cents impact.
IBM’s 13th annual Cost of a Data Breach study, independently conducted by Ponemon Institute, reported the global average cost of a data breach up 6.4 percent over the previous year at $3.86 million, with the average cost for each lost or stolen record containing sensitive and confidential information increased by 4.8 percent year over year to $148.
The Plan of Action
So NCSAM and the DHS will promote and emphasize four key messages, tied together by the overarching theme, that will serve as month-long goals designed to drive cybersecurity discussions, events, resources, and activities.
The four key messages are to:
- Contribute and commit to strengthening the nation’s cybersecurity ecosystem
- Tackle cybersecurity as a cross-cutting, cross-sector problem together
- Increase, strengthen and build up the cybersecurity workforce across all sectors
- Secure critical infrastructure from cybersecurity threats through heightened resilience and understanding
NCSAM provides a helpful toolkit as a comprehensive guide with resources for any organization, regardless of size or industry, to engage and promote the event, complete with tips, social media posts, twitter chats, and more.
There will also be weekly themes to highlight some of the important aspects of cybersecurity as a shared responsibility with more community-specific discussions and events.
- NCSA Week 1 – Make Your Home a Haven for Online Safety
- NCSA Week 2 – Millions of Rewarding Jobs: Educating for a Career in Cybersecurity
- NCSA Week 3 – It’s Everyone’s Job to Ensure Online Safety at Work
- NCSA Week 4 – Safeguarding the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure
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