Cybersecurity Awareness Month Offers Actions to “Secure Our World”

October 13, 2023
Data Protection, IT Security

From National Cookie Day and National Dessert Month (two of our favorites here at US Signal) to National Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month and National Pet Wellness Month (two more we like), there’s no shortage of month-long observances in October. (See the National Day calendar for a comprehensive list.)

But one commemorative national month that’s particularly important in October — given the increasing importance of data and data privacy — is Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a collaborative effort between government and private industry, was first launched in October 2004 by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a broad effort to help all Americans become safer and more secure online. The annual initiative promotes actions to reduce online risk.

This year marks the 20th Cybersecurity Awareness Month campaign and features a new, year-round awareness campaign and evergreen Cybersecurity Awareness Month theme created by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA): Secure Our World.

Secure Our World focuses on four key actions that are applicable to both businesses and individuals:

CISA also offers a wide array of cybersecurity resources and tools to promote greater security all year long here.

Your Role in Cybersecurity

Admittedly, cybersecurity and the whole idea of “securing our world” can seem overwhelming. After all, some of the biggest companies — with large security budgets and highly trained in-house security experts — fall prey to cybercrime. Industry analysts and the media also constantly remind us about the ever-increasing (and changing) security threats.

Nonetheless, you can play an important role in battling cybercriminals and benefit both your organization and your own personal data privacy and security. One way is to stay on top of cybersecurity threats and best practices for combatting them by:

  • Participating in industry forums, webinars, meetups, conferences and other events
  • Following hashtags, accounts, groups, or pages that are related to cybersecurity on platforms such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Reddit, or Quora
  • Subscribing to and/or reading/listening to relevant newsfeeds, blogs, newsletters, and podcasts. (Note: While it takes time, the more, the better so you get the most comprehensive perspective.)
  • Taking courses and obtaining (and updating) relevant certifications in cybersecurity
  • Following, joining, participating in, and/or referencing relevant professional organizations like SANS Institute, ISC2, Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), National Cybersecurity Alliance, and others.
  • Collaborating and partnering with cybersecurity

US Signal’s Cybersecurity Resources

Taking advantage of the recommendations and resources provided by organizations like US Signal can also help. After all, cybersecurity awareness and action is something we continually stress to our customers, partners and employees. The following are just a few of the blogs and resources we’ve developed that provide important information for facilitating data security and privacy:

You can also reference our past blogs on Cybersecurity Awareness Month:

For Specific To-Do’s

If you’re interested in specific cybersecurity solutions and recommendations, US Signal can help on that front too. Our team of solution architects and security experts can work with you to assess your organization’s current and future IT needs (including those related to cybersecurity) and develop options to meet them. For information or to schedule a meeting, contact us. Call toll-free: 866.2. SIGNAL, or email: 616.988.0414.