National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Going into its (lucky) thirteenth year, the recognition of October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is becoming as integral to fall as football, sweaters, and pumpkin spice everything. Championed by the National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) of the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, Cyber Security Awareness Month is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the importance of proper cyber behavior in our personal and professional lives.[Tweet "October is Cyber Security Awareness Month. #GovEventsBlog #NCSAM"]

In 2016, the NCSAM campaign saw over 151 million impressions of the hashtag #CyberAware, over 43,000 hits to NCSAM webpages, and more than 85 partners hosted NCSAM events. 2017 is shaping up to expand the reach of the program with five themed weeks of activity:

  • October 2-6 - Simple Steps to Online Safety
  • October 9-13 -Cyber Security in the Workplace is Everyone's Business
  • October 16-20 - Today's Predictions for Tomorrow's Internet
  • October 23-27 - The Internet Wants YOU: Consider a Career in Cyber Security
  • Week 5: October 30-31 - Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Threats

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Hacking the Hackers

While we did not include cybersecurity in our list of key trends for 2017, it is a topic that we know will remain front and center in the government market. 2015 was a year that brought data breaches into the mainstream and the trend continued to escalate in 2016 with Government Technology declaring 2016 the Year of the Hack.

The security issues of the past year were more than just data breaches. The attacks were motivated far beyond black market payments for personal data. They were aimed at disrupting business and government alike--some were even declared acts of terrorism. What makes this even more challenging, is anyone with a mobile device and a bit of know-how can hack just about anything.[Tweet "Anyone with a mobile device and a bit of know-how can hack just about anything. #GovEventsBlog"] Continue reading