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National CyberSecurity Awareness Month 2020

02 October 2020
The month of October marks the 17th year of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This year’s theme is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.”

What is cyber security?

Cyber security’s core function is to protect the devices we use and the systems, networks, programs and data both online and physical from cyber-attacks and from theft or damage.

Why is it important?

With a constantly growing interconnected world, protecting our devices, accounts and data with cyber security is even more important now than ever. Doing your part and taking proactive steps, whether it is implementing stronger security practices, raising awareness around the community or educating and training employees, helps our interconnected world to be safer and more secure.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month in the UK/EU

The European Cybersecurity Month (ECSM) is the EU’s annual campaign dedicated to the following:

  • promoting cybersecurity among the public as well as organizations

  • provide up-to-date security information

  • share good practices

The official motto of ECSM 2020 is “Think Before U Click #ThinkB4UClick” and the month will consist of a programme that focuses on two themes the first theme being ‘Cyber Scams’ and the second ‘Digital Skills’. These themes are designed to help individuals and organizations identify and prepare themselves for cyber threats.

Find out more information about how you can get involved in the European Cyber Security Month here.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month in the USA

Launched by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) , the Cybersecurity Awareness Month is designed to help raise awareness about cybersecurity and the importance of having the right resources to stay safe and secure online. Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2020’s theme is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” This year’s aim is to encourage individuals and organizations in their roles to protect their part of cyberspace, with emphasis on the key message for 2020 “If you connect it, protect it”.

There is weekly information throughout the month of October from NCSA that you can get involved with. Find out more here.

Applicable Standards

NQA can help you with certification to the management system standards that help organisations contribute towards ensuring a safe world:

  • ISO 27001 – Information Security Management

  • ISO 27701 – An extension to ISO 27001 for Privacy Information Management

  • ISO 27017 – Security Controls for Cloud Services

  • CMMC – Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Preparation

  • ISO 22301 – Business Continuity Management