Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Ostra is proud to take part in helping to create a safer and more trusted cyberspace for everyone.

History of Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Cybersecurity Awareness Month was founded by both government and industry to make sure every American consumer and business has the resources needed to stay safe and secure online. Originally, 17 years ago, cybersecurity month messages were about updating antivirus software and the threat of a “virus”. But as technology advanced, so did the efforts needed to educate people on growing cybersecurity threats.

Today, organizations of every kind, non-profit/for-profit, corporations, universities, small businesses, and other groups all participate in Cybersecurity Awareness Month. These groups all have one goal in mind, to educate their employees/customers/members on the importance of creating a safer, more secure internet for everyone. Awareness efforts today highlight the basics of keeping your technology and information safe. Companies and organizations share tips and tricks throughout October.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month Resources

To get involved and learn more about Cybersecurity Awareness Month, check out these cybersecurity focused partners.

The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) builds strong 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.

Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) is the community of choice for international cybersecurity professionals dedicated to advancing individual growth, managing technology risk, and protecting critical information and infrastructure.

The Cyber Security Hub is an online news source for global cybersecurity professionals and business leaders who leverage technology and services to secure the entire perimeter in their enterprise.

Ostra’s Cybersecurity 101

For those who are new to the world of cybersecurity or just need a refresher, check out our Cybersecurity Terms 101 post. We cover the basic terms that everyone should know to better protect their own devices and to help keep cyberspace safe.

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