Posted: Sep 27, 2017

The content below was adapted from the National Cyber Security Alliance website.

Celebrated every October, National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) – #CyberAware – was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure that all Americans have the information they need to stay safer and more secure online. This year marks the 14th annual NCSAM, co-founded and co-led by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), the nation’s leading nonprofit, public-private partnership focused on cybersecurity education and awareness.To support this initiative, Governor Burgum has proclaimed October Cyber Security Awareness Month in North Dakota.

Our Shared Responsibility

In recognition of how valuable the internet is to our daily lives and the collective effort needed to protect it, the theme for the month, as it has been since 2009, is “Our Shared Responsibility.” Because no individual, business or government entity is solely responsible for securing the internet, everyone must play a role in securing their part of cyberspace, including the devices and networks they use. If everyone does their part – implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating young people or training employees – our digital society will be safer and more resistant from attacks and more resilient if an attack occurs.

How you can support NCSAM

Government heavily rely upon the Internet to conduct business each day, especially when sharing information with constituents. As a government official, you can play a pivotal role in helping your state stay safe and secure online.

A great place to start is by participating in National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) each October. Whether you are able to show your support for just one day or every day in October, consider the following ways you can make a difference to raise cybersecurity awareness.

What you can do…

…in one minute:

  • Promote NCSAM on social media.
  • Send an email to your agency and its partners announcing October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. 

…in one hour:

  • Show your cybersecurity leadership by making your agency a NCSAM Champion. It’s free and simple to sign up.
  • Include cybersecurity as an agenda item in an upcoming staff or council meeting. Discuss how to include tips from STOP. THINK. CONNECT., the global cybersecurity education campaign, into your efforts to ensure citizen safety. 

…all month long:

  • Review and update your agency’s acceptable use policy for computers, mobile devices and networks.
  • Work with your IT partners and staff to develop a contingency plan in the event of a data breach. 

…all year round: