National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Governor Steve Bullock recognizes October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month


October 1, 2018

Dear Friends:

I am pleased to recognize October as "National Cyber Security Awareness Month" in the state of Montana.

I commend the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) for their combined efforts in promoting cyber awareness through guidance for government and businesses. Their work in promoting innovation, strengthening cybersecurity investment and enhancing resilience across all sectors has continued to grow and plays an impactful role in encouraging awareness. Maintaining the security of cyberspace is a shared responsibility in which each of us has a critical role to play, and awareness of computer security essentials will improve the security of Montana’s information infrastructure and economy.

To begin putting this knowledge into practice in your homes, schools, workplaces, and businesses, please visit the Stop. Think. Connect website at: www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect or www.stopthinkconnect.org. Thank you for all your hard work and I encourage Montanans to acknowledge October 2018 as "National Cyber Security Awareness Month."

Sincerely,

STEVE BULLOCK

Governor

See the Governor's announcement here.


2018 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)

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Today marks the beginning of the 15th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM).  For those of us in the cybersecurity profession, everyday is about ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information; but for the rest of the world, this is the month that they think the most about cybersecurity. NCSAM 2018 will highlight user awareness by addressing specific challenges and identify opportunities for behavioral change. It will also remind everyone that protecting the internet is “Our Shared Responsibility.”  NCSAM 2018 will also address the critical need to build a strong, cybersecurity workforce to help ensure families, communities, businesses, and the country’s infrastructure are protected against increasingly more prevalent and sophisticated threats. STAYSAFEONLINE.ORG is helping us spread the word with the NCSAM 2018 campaign featuring four weekly themes:


Become a NCSAM Champion

Promote NCSAM on Social Media

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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). Spread the word by posting online safety tips on your social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. The Montana Office of Security Services will be discussing and sharing themes and images from the STAYSAFEONLINE.ORG NCSAM 2018 campaign. Visit STAYSAFEONLINE.ORG/NCSAM for more information and resources to share NCSAM text and images throughout October. Remember to use the official NCSAM hashtag, #CyberAware. Download the accompanying social media graphics here. Many of the links have accompanying social media cards that include images and brief descriptions.


National Cybersecurity Awareness Month - Week #1

Make Your Home a Haven for Online Safety

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Every day, parents and caregivers teach kids basic safety practices ‒ like looking both ways before crossing the street and holding an adult’s hand in a crowded place. Easy-to-learn life lessons for online safety and privacy begin with parents leading the way. Learning good cybersecurity practices can also help set a strong foundation for a career in the industry. With family members using the internet to engage in social media, adjust the home thermostat or shop for the latest connected toy, it is vital to make certain that the entire household ‒ including children – learn to use the internet safely and responsibly and that networks and mobile devices are secure. Week 1 will underscore basic cybersecurity essentials the entire family can deploy to protect their homes against cyber threats. Visit STAYSAFEONLINE.ORG/NCSAM for more information.


NCSAM Week #1 Key Messages, Tips and Advice

The key messages, tips, and advice for NCSAM Week #1 are: Keep a Clean Machine, Lock Down Your Login, Share With Care, Back It Up, Personal Information, and Secure Your WiFi Router.


Keep a Clean Machine

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  • Having the latest security software, web browser and operating system is the best defense against viruses, malware and other online threats.
  • Did you know? Your cell phone and tablet need to be kept up to date with the latest security software, browsers and operating system, just like your PC or laptop at home.
  • Smart appliances and connected devices – such as thermostats, toys and home assistants – should be kept up to date with the latest security software. If not, you’re at greater risk of hackers accessing your network and information.


Lock Down Your Login

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  • User names and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, bank and social media. Improve account security by enabling strong authentication tools such as biometrics or unique one-time codes.


Share with Care

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  • Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what a post reveals, who might see it and how it might affect you and others now and in the future. 
  • Boo! Old tweets, posts and photos may come back to haunt you. Think before you post and consider how it might be perceived now and in the future.


Back it Up

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  • Protect your valuable work, music, photos and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely.
  • Back up regularly! Having a recent copy of your files means you can retrieve them if you fall victim to #ransomware.


Personal Information

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  • Personal Information is Like Money. Value it. Protect it. Info about you, such as your purchase history or location, has value – just like $$$. Be thoughtful about who gets that info and how it’s collected through devices, apps and websites.
  • The connected devices and appliances in your home run on the data about YOU. Be mindful of how your info is being collected and stored.


Secure Your WiFi Router

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  • Set a strong passphrase (at least 12 characters long) for your Wi-Fi network. Keep it positive and easy to remember like “Ilovecountrymusic!”.
  • Have you changed your Wi-Fi router’s default name and passphrase? Set a strong passphrase (at least 12 characters long and name your network in a way that doesn’t let people know it’s in your house.


NCSAM Week #1 Resources & Links


National Cybersecurity Awareness Month - Week #2

Millions of Rewarding Jobs: Educating for a Career in Cybersecurity

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A key risk to our economy and security continues to be the shortage of cybersecurity professionals to safeguard our ever-expanding cyber ecosystem. Raising the next generation of interested and capable cybersecurity professionals is a starting point to building stronger defenses. There are limitless opportunities to educate students of all ages – from high school into higher education and beyond – on the field of cybersecurity as they consider their options. In addition, veterans and individuals who are looking for a new career or re-entering the workforce, should explore the multitude of well-paying and rewarding jobs available. Week 2 will address ways to motivate parents, teachers and counselors to learn more about the field and how to best inspire students and others to seek highly fulfilling cybersecurity careers. Visit STAYSAFEONLINE.ORG/NCSAM for more information.


NCSAM Week #2 Key Messages, Tips and Advice

The key messages, tips, and advice for NCSAM Week #2 are: Teach kids about careers in cybersecurity, The Internet needs you, and Become a cybersecurity professional.


Teach kids about careers in cybersecurity

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  • Make a difference! Teach kids about careers in #cybersecurity by volunteering at school, boys & girls clubs and community centers #CyberAware
  • Calling on all #cybersecurity pros! Volunteer in a school to teach young people about careers in protecting the internet. You can make a difference this #CyberAware Month.


The Internet needs you

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  • #Veterans, the #internet needs you! here are millions of rewarding jobs in #cybersecurity, consider a career in protecting the internet.
  • Host an open house at your company and inspire #veterans and those re-entering the workforce to learn about the opportunities in the field of #cybersecurity.


Become a cybersecurity professional

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  • There are many paths to a career in #cybersecurity. Whether you’re a military veteran, re-entering the workforce or thinking about a career change, keep a job in protecting the internet in mind.


Teach kids about careers in cybersecurity

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  • Teachers and Counselors, do your students know about the millions of opportunities in #cybersecurity? Consider hosting a cyber pro or a hands-on workshop at your school to stoke inspiration!
  • As a parent, learn about the “educational steps” to a career in #cybersecurity and about community organizations that host cyber camps to educate kids about internet safety and security.


NCSAM Week #2 Resources & Links


National Cybersecurity Awareness Month - Week #3

It’s Everyone’s Job to Ensure Online Safety at Work

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When you are on the job – whether it’s at a corporate office, local restaurant, healthcare provider, academic institution or government agency ‒ your organization’s online safety and security are a responsibility we all share. And, as the lines between our work and daily lives become increasingly blurred, it more important than ever to be certain that smart cybersecurity carries over between the two. Week 3 will focus on cybersecurity workforce education, training and awareness while emphasizing risk management, resistance and resilience. NCSA’s CyberSecure My Business™ will shed light on how small and medium-sized businesses can protect themselves, their employees and their customers against the most prevalent threats. Visit STAYSAFEONLINE.ORG/NCSAM for more information.


NCSAM Week #3 Key Messages, Tips and Advice

The key messages, tips, and advice for NCSAM Week #3 are: Identify your Businesses’ “Crown Jewels”, Protect your Businesses’ Assets, Be able to detect Cybersecurity Incidents, Have a Plan for Responding, Recover Normal Operations, Be aware of what’s being shared, Shared Responsibility, and Protect your Business.


1-IDENTIFY: Identify your Businesses’ “Crown Jewels”

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  • Identify your Businesses’ “Crown Jewels” - These are the assets and systems that are critical to your #business. #CyberAware


2-PROTECT: Protect your Businesses’ Assets

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  • Protect your Businesses’ Assets - Put appropriate policies and systems in place to keep your digital assets secure. #CyberAware


3-DETECT: Be able to detect Cybersecurity Incidents

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  • Be able to detect #Cybersecurity Incidents - The faster you know about an incident, the quicker you can mitigate the impact. #CyberAware


4-RESPOND: Have a Plan for Responding

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  • Have a Plan for Responding - Planning for a response is critical to reduce risks to your #business, customers and employees. #CyberAware


5-RECOVER: Recover Normal Operations

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  • Recover Normal Operations - Move from the immediate aftermath of a cyber incident to full restoration of normal systems and operations. #CyberAware


CyberAware Employees

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  • Be aware of what’s being shared. #Educating ALL staff about their roles and the value of protecting #consumer and employee info id vital to the security of your business. #CyberAware


Shared Responsibility

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  • Whatever your role at work, you’re the 1st and last line of defense in keeping your organization safe online. Brush up on your #cybersecurity awareness and stay vigilant to threats all year round.


Protect your Business

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  • Protect your #business – no matter how large or small – with alerts, tips and resources from @DHSgov @USCERT_gov. #CyberAware


Protect your Business

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  • Keep your business safe online this #CyberAware Month by establishing cybersecurity policies


NCSAM Week #3 Resources & Links


National Cybersecurity Awareness Month - Week #4

Safeguarding the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure

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Our day-to-day life depends on the country’s 16 sectors of critical infrastructure, which supply food, water, financial services, public health, communications and power along with other networks and systems. A disruption to this system, which is operated via the internet, can have significant and even catastrophic consequences for our nation. Week 4 will emphasize the importance of securing our critical infrastructure and highlight the roles the public can play in keeping it safe. In addition, it will lead the transition into November’s Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month, which is spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


NCSAM Week #4 Key Messages, Tips and Advice

The key messages, tips, and advice for NCSAM Week #4 are: Lock Down Your Login, Keep a Clean Machine, Safer for me, more secure for all, When in Doubt, Throw it Out, Securing the nation’s critical infrastructure, and Connected devices should be kept up to date.


Lock Down Your Login

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  • #LockDownURlogin - User names and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, bank and social media. Improve account security by enabling strong authentication tools such as biometrics or unique one-time codes. #CyberAware


Keep a Clean Machine

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  • Having the latest security software, web browser and operating system is the best defense against viruses, malware and other online threats that put critical infrastructure at risk.
  • Your on-the-go, connected devices should be kept up to date with the latest security software. If not, you’re at greater risk of hackers accessing your network and information.


Shared Responsibility

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  • Safer for me, more secure for all → What you do online affects everyone. Good online habits help the global digital community. #CyberAware


When in Doubt, Throw it Out

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  • When in Doubt, Throw it Out → Links in emails, posts and ads are often how criminals try to steal info.


Shared Responsibility

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  • Securing the 16 sectors of our nation’s critical infrastructure is Our Shared Responsibility. Follow online safety best practices to stay more secure. 


NCSAM Week #4 Resources & Links