National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Governor Steve Bullock Acknowledges October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

 

October 11, 2019

Dear Friends:

It is my pleasure to acknowledge October 2019 as "National Cybersecurity Awareness Month" in the state of Montana.

Security is essential in every facet of our lives and cybersecurity is especially important. I commend the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, and the National Cyber Security Alliance for their steadfast work and dedication. They play a vital role in protecting citizens from and responding to cybersecurity threats that  have significant  impact to our safety and privacy.

Critical infrastructure sectors are increasingly reliant on information systems and techno logy, and we must be sure they are supported and protected. One step we can take is understanding that cybersecurity education and awareness is crucial to keep everyone protected. From large corporations and small businesses to schools, government agencies, and home users, everyone must be aware of best practices with regard to cybersecurity.

I encourage all Montanans to join me in acknowledging October 2019 as " National Cybersecurity Awareness Month" and to use cybersecurity best practices to protect themselves online.

Sincerely,

STEVE BULLOCK
Governor

See the Governor's announcement here.

 

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2019 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)

Held every October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online.

NCSAM 2019 emphasizes personal accountability and stresses the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity at home and in the workplace. This year’s overarching message – Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT. – will focus on key areas including citizen privacy, consumer devices, and e-commerce security

Own IT

 

Secure IT

Protect IT

 

Cybersecurity Resources

 Below are useful resources to use both during October and throughout the year. Explore these sites for content to use in blogs, articles, and messaging within your organizations and with external audiences.

  • The STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ Campaign is a national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online. Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility. When we all take simple steps to be safer online, it makes using the Internet a more secure experience for everyone. For additional information on STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™, visithttps://www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect
  • The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) buildsstrong public/private partnerships to create and implement broad-reaching education and awareness efforts to empower users at home, work, and school with the information they need to keep themselves,their organizations, their systems, and their sensitive information safe and secure online and encourage a culture of cybersecurity. For NCSA recommended events, click: https://staysafeonline.org.
  • Powered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the “BeCyberSmart” campaign is designed to inspire the younger generation of Americans to take responsibility for their own cyber safety. Learn about cybersecurity basics, common scams, and how to report cybersecurity incidents by visiting the campaign online.
  • Looking for information about a particular cybersecurity position or course? The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) tools and resources are available for anyone seeking more information about the cybersecurity field, how to advance a cybersecurity career, and more.