DHS: October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

This month the Department of Homeland Security will host its eighth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month featuring a series of nationwide events aimed at engaging public and private-sector partners in cyber defense.

The theme of the month is “Our Shared Responsibility” and emphasizes the message that cybersecurity is the responsibility of all computer users. DHS has created a cybersecurity information page of simple steps to help citizens keep safe online.

DHS will also highlight a different critical cyber issue each week of the month. This week features the Stop.Think.Connect campaign, followed by education/workforce, cyber crime and small business.

“Just as cyber security is our shared responsibility, awareness of its importance is a year-round effort. While National Cyber Security Awareness Month provides the occasion to bring this topic to the forefront, it must always be a recurring theme in the background of our cyber activities,” said National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander.


The month is co-sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center.

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