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Where Next After National Cyber Security Awareness Month?

Quick: What is the theme of this year’s NCSAM? 

If you said: “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT” – Congratulations! You are pass the one question quiz. You also represent the less than 1% of Americans who are truly champions for cyber hygiene and leading the charge to help others stay safe online in meaningful ways.

On the other end of the scale we find the majority of Americans who neglect cyber security basics. According to a survey highlighted in PC Magazine from earlier in 2019, even after more than a decade of urgings, warnings, security awareness months, enterprise security awareness campaigns and more, most individuals are getting a D-rating (grade) when it comes to cyber hygiene.

“The survey of 10,000 US adults (200 from each state), conducted in February in partnership with Wakefield Research revealed that most Americans are ‘overconfident’ about their cybersecurity posture. Nearly nine out of ten respondents (88 percent) said they believe they are taking the appropriate steps to protect themselves from cybercrime. In reality, just 10 percent are. …”

But before we take a big step back and look at why we are where we are (and the possible future online in the 2020s), we need to give credit where credit is due. My good friend Kelvin Coleman, who is the Executive Director of the National Cyber Security Alliance, and his team and partners, are doing a very good job (again) of getting the word out on cyber-protections and cyber-safety. The list of announcements, events and continuing opportunities for National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) was again impressive this year. Likewise, the number of public and private sector participants continues to grow.      

To offer a few examples, the White House again issued a Presidential Proclamation on Cyber Security Awareness Month. President (Read more…)

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