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National Cyber Security Awareness Month

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By: Jackie

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Your BBB is pleased to report that today marks the start of the 11th annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center. According to the Department of Homeland Security, the month-long program is “designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity and increasing the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. This year’s theme is “Our Shared Responsibility.”

Over 340 universities, colleges, businesses, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and associations have signed on to support National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and the BBB is proud to show our commitment to cybersecurity by being one of the supporting nonprofit organizations. To help raise awareness for the importance of cybersecurity, numerous events will take place this month ranging from national and state conferences, cyberfests, talks by cybersecurity experts, webinars, family fun run, and more. Click here for a list of events.

Each week of this month will have a different theme. The theme for week 1 (October 1-3, 2014) is “STOP. THINK. CONNECT.” For week 2 (October 6-10, 2014) the theme is “Secure Development of IT Products” which stresses the importance of building security into information technology products. Week 3’s (October 13-17, 2014) theme is “Critical Infrastructure and The Internet of Things,” and it highlights the importance of properly securing all devices that are connected to the Internet. Week 4 (October 20-24, 2014) focuses on businesses, and the theme is “Cybersecurity for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses and Entrepreneurs.” “Cybercrime and Law Enforcement” is the theme of week 5 (October 27-31, 2014) which aims to educate law enforcement officers on ways to help their communities to fight cybercrime.

NCSAM offers links to computer security vendors that offer free computer security checks for your computer. Go to to find a link. NCSAM also offers cybersecurity resources from tip sheets to studies, to games and quizzes. See the resources at There is even a Privacy IQ Quiz you can take to see if you are a privacy pro or if you need to beef up your computer security. Go to to take the quiz.

@StopThinkConnect will be hosting weekly Twitter Chats starting Thursday, October 2, at 3pm ET to chat about Internet safety. Use #ChatSTC to join.

For more information you can trust on Internet safety, visit

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Jackie is the Operations and Education Foundation Assistant with the BBB. She assists consumers with business inquiries, and does presentations to senior groups and high school students. She is a regular contributor to the blog.