October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month!

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Don’t let hackers scare you away from learning how to protect your cyber lifestyle! You may hear frightful statistics about the state of our internet-connected world, but don’t lose hope. Get in the spirit of security with the National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) initiative. NCSAM is a joint effort presented by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its partners, including the National Cyber Security Alliance, to raise awareness and cyber hygiene tips. The information below is taken from the DHS website at: https://www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month. Visit the site to learn more!

NCSAM 2016 Themes: Each week in October is dedicated to a specific cybersecurity theme with corresponding messaging. The themes listed below offer the opportunity for government and industry to get involved in cybersecurity activities most relevant to them. To engage Americans across the Nation, key events will be coordinated in geographically diverse locations. We encourage you to align your NCSAM plans to the following weekly themes:

1. Week 1: October 3-7, 2016 – Topic: Every Day Steps Towards Online Safety with Stop.Think.Connect.™

2. Week 2: October 10-14, 2016 – Topic: Cyber from the Break Room to the Board Room

3. Week 3: October 17-21, 2016 – Topic: Recognizing and Combating Cybercrime

4. Week 4: October 24-28, 2016 –Topic: Our Continuously Connected Lives: What’s Your ‘App’-titude?

5. Week 5: October 31, 2016 – Topic: Building Resilience in Critical Infrastructure

Promote #CyberAware month by using the hashtag on social media throughout the month, sign up for the Stop.Think.Connect. Friends newsletter (https://www.dhs.gov/friends-campaign-program), and check out the weekly NCSAM 2016 Twitter Chat series on Thursdays in October at 3pm EST using #ChatSTC.

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Thank you to everyone who attended our 2016 NetWars Academy Intrusion Detection event on October 1st! Want to meet up in-person to grow your cyber knowledge? Join the Lansing ISSA for our monthly chapter meeting later this month on Thursday, October 20th at 8:00am in the MSU Federal Credit Union on the corner of Mt. Hope Road and Farm Lane for a cyber security presentation.