National Cyber Security Awareness Month

National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), celebrated every October, helps ensure that Americans have the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

It’s no secret that web attackers are getting smarter and bolder.  At USAID, we need to be aware and take care.

The Internet

The Internet provides us with access to a vast, world-wide set of computers, data, and websites. At USAID, we use devices like servers, PCs, and cell phones connected to the Internet to manage data and tasks from central and mobile locations so that USAID can perform its mission.  Immense digital resources help us work but demand a secure environment.

Be Aware

Courses given by USAID’s Information Assurance Division (IA) help make us aware of cyber security. So does a collaborative effort between government and industry led by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). Each October, as part of that effort, the National Cyber Security Awareness Month raises our awareness of safe cyber behavior.

Our Shared Responsibility

Because the Internet is a shared digital path, this year’s NCSA theme is Our Shared Responsibility. No individual or single government entity is solely responsible for securing the Internet. Each of us has a role in securing individual parts of cyber space, including the devices and networks we use. Our individual actions have a collective impact too, and when we use the Internet safely, we make it more secure for everyone. If we all work safely—implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, and educating others—together we will be a digital society safer and more resistant from attacks and more resilient if they occur. 

Take Care

Awareness is an essential aspect of cyber security. But so is action. IA cyber security policies and procedures published in the Automatic Directives System (ADS) Chapter 545 Information Systems Security and in other sources provide you with ways you can keep the digital work environment secure.

Stop. Think. Connect.

Cyber security begins with a simple message everyone using the Internet can adopt:  STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Take security and safety precautions, understand the consequences of your actions and behaviors online, and enjoy the benefits of the Internet.

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Last updated: October 01, 2013

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