October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Everything you need to know.

Cybersecurity awareness month is an international and annual initiative to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and encourages individuals and organizations to do their part in online safety and data protection. Learn more about how you can do your part below!

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What is Cybersecurity Awareness Month?

The initiative started in the United States in 2004, when the President of the United States and Congress declared October to be Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Europe then launched the first Cybersecurity Awareness Month as a pilot in 2012 and ever since October has been internationally known as Cybersecurity Awareness month.

In the States, Cybersecurity Awareness Month is organized by Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), supported by industry partners. In Europe, this initiative comes from the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) and European Commission, supported by European Union member states and industry partners.

Although the organization is different in Europe and America, the goal of the campaign remains the same. Organizations promote cybersecurity, share up-to-date online security information and teach citizens the basics of online security and privacy issues.

Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility
where both end-users and organizations
have to cooperate to counter cyber threats.

Both need to take up their role in which personal responsibility and the importance of proactive actions to improve cybersecurity are central. To achieve this goal, several conferences, workshops, training, webinars, presentations, and other similar actions will be held worldwide during the whole month of October. Hundreds of these organized actions have the same goal: to reduce cybersecurity risks and protect yourself and your organization online.

Attention to Cybersecurity Awareness remains important!

Always lock your PC screen

88% knows it, only 42% does it

Use strong passwords

82% knows it, only 31% does it

Use two-factor authentication

60% knows it, only 48% does it

Join Our Upcoming Webinars

Psychology Addressing the Human Factor in Cybersecurity

6th of October 2022 | 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM (CEST) | Online

This webinar will help you discover:

  • Common misconceptions about human behavior.
  • How to measure behavioral risks.
  • How to address risk, translating risks to an approach

The NIS2 Directive: Raising Cyber Resilience Across Europe

13th of October 2022 | 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM (CEST) | Online

This webinar will help you discover:

  • What is the NIS Directive and why is there an update?
  • What has changed in the directive and when will this come into effect?
  • What impact will this have on your organization?

Do Your Part!

We all have a role in securing our digital assets. What can you do to do your part?

Be Cyber Smart! (#BeCyberSmart)
  • Make a habit of locking your computer;
  • Use a strong password or PIN;
  • Never leave mobile devices unattended;
  • Don't store sensitive data on computers or mobile devices;
  • If you see something unusual, say something.

Think Before You Click!
  • Don't click on malicious links;
  • Don't open an attachment if you don't trust the email;
  • Try to be careful with your personal information.

Request your free Cybersecurity Awareness E-Learning Demo

Awareness of your employees is a key factor in information security.

Do your employees know what they need to do, to manage their contacts, systems and company data of your organization safely? Secura has compiled common examples into e-learning modules about topics related to security & privacy and what employees need to know in order to behave safely at work.

Want to increase cybersecurity awareness in your company?

Contact Floris or one of our psychologists by phone or email, and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

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Floris Duvekot Team Lead & Consultant Behavior mail_outline SAFE@secura.com call +31 (0) 88 888 31 00