October is CyberSecurity Awareness Month. Many CISOs might argue that every month should be so designated, given the importance of cybersecurity. But in any case the campaign serves as a good reminder that organizations need to enhance employees’ awareness of the multitude of threats and vulnerabilities that can lead to damaging attacks. This is true not only for large, global enterprises, but for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) as well.
Observed every October, Cybersecurity Awareness Month was created as a collaborative effort between government and the private sector to ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online. Making people aware of the risks they might face is a key part of the efforts.
Since its inception in 2004 under leadership from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), the effort has steadily grown in scope, reaching an audience that includes SMBs and even consumers nationwide.
The theme for this year’s awareness month is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart,” encouraging individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace, stressing personal accountability and the importance of taking proactive