The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in collaboration with the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCSA) has released details of its 18th Cybersecurity Awareness Month to be held throughout October.
The STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ Campaign is a national public awareness effort that increases the understanding of cyber threats and empowers the American public to be safer and more secure online. It encourages Americans to view internet safety as a shared responsibility at home, in the workplace, and in our communities.
STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ is part of an unprecedented effort among federal and state governments, industry, and non-profit organisations to promote safe online behavioUr and practices. It is a unique public-private partnership, implemented in coordination with the National Cyber Security Alliance.
A CISA spokesman says: "More and more Americans are using new technologies and spending more time online. Our growing dependence on technology, coupled with the increasing threat of cyber attacks, demands greater security in our online world. This presents the need for simple, easy-to-understand resources and tips to help ensure their safety and security. The Campaign provides access to resources to give Americans the tools they need to make more informed decisions when using the Internet."
In 2021, CISA and NCSA will focus on the following areas in our promotions and outreach:
- Week of October 4 (Week 1): Be Cyber Smart.
- Week of October 11 (Week 2): Fight the Phish!
- Week of October 18 (Week 3): Explore. Experience. Share. – Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week
- Week of October 25 (Week 4): Cybersecurity First
CISA says those interested in taking part should use the hashtag #BeCyberSmart before and during October to promote your involvement in raising cybersecurity awareness.