Security Awareness

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

The overarching theme for Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2021 is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” The theme empowers individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace, with a particular emphasis on the key message for 2020: “If you connect it, protect it.”  If everyone does their part – implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating vulnerable audiences or training employees – our interconnected world will be safer and more resilient for everyone.

Rowan County is proud to be registered as an NCSAM Champion

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Weekly Content

Week of October 4 (Week 1): Be Cyber Smart

The first week explores cybersecurity fundamentals: how simple actions can help secure your digital lives, improve the security of smart and internet-connected devices, and how other fundamentals can help reduce cyber risks.

Week of October 11 (Week 2): Fight the Phish!

The second week will focus on how individuals can spot potential phishing attempts—which often lead to vulnerabilities that can result in ransomware or other types of malware. It will offer tips on how individuals can reduce their chances of falling victim to phishing attacks—either by reporting or deleting suspicious activities—as well as how to respond to and recover from them.

Week of October 18 (Week 3): Explore. Experience. Share. (Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week)

In partnership with the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), the third week celebrates Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week. This week will illustrate how cybersecurity professionals play a vital role in global society and security and call attention to their contributions and innovations. This week also showcases how building a global cybersecurity workforce enhances each nation’s security and promotes economic prosperity. 

Week of October 25 (Week 4): Cybersecurity First

The final week will emphasize that cybersecurity should be a priority and not an afterthought and will examine how what we do today can affect the future of personal, consumer, and business cybersecurity. This week will also highlight how cybersecurity is a year-round effort and should be an individual’s or organization’s first considerations when they create or buy new devices and connected services.