National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: October Kicks Off With New Ways for YOU to Help Out


For the ninth year in a row, the national Cybersecurity Awareness month is underway, with a full lineup of activities slated for October.

If you’re in the DC area, check out a cool seminar on Wednesday entitled “Mobile Device Security 101 (What Every Mobile Device Owner Should Know)” to be held at 10am in the Marvin Center at George Washington Univesity.

If you’re across the country, check out what’s happening in San Diego. The Securing Our eCity® Foundation invites the public on October 11 and 12 for an exciting journey into the life of cyber investigators. If you’re in Europe, the Cyber Technology Showcase is also happening on October 11 in Germany.  The event will feature the latest emerging cyber-related technologies. Attendees will also be able to participate in educational sessions and demonstrations.

Online Security a Shared Responsibility

No matter where you’re located, however, there are plenty of ways to help.

Emerging cyber threats require engagement from the entire community — from government and law enforcement to the private sector and most importantly, members of the public — to create a safer cyber environment. If you are interested in starting your own community-based cybersecurity awareness program, these resources will help get you started:

  • iKeep Safe – a nonprofit international alliance of more than 100 policy leaders, educators, law enforcement members, technology experts, public health experts, and advocates.
  • Securing Our eCity: Established to create a safe digital neighborhood that is both resistant to cyber‐threats and resilient to man‐made or natural disasters, where citizens, businesses, organizations, and government can conduct business to remain economically competitive in today’s fast‐changing technological environment.
  • Washtenaw County Cyber Citizenship Coalition: WC4 is made up of local, state, and federal agencies involved in keeping residents and businesses safe online. Their goal is to raise awareness and provide county residents with the tools and resources to be good cyber citizens.

Finally, here are a few tips all Internet users can do to practice cybersecurity every day of the year:

  • Set strong passwords and don’t share them with anyone.
  • Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized by installing updates.
  • Maintain an open dialogue with your family, friends, and community about Internet safety.
  • Limit the amount of personal information you post online and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely.
  • Be cautious about what you receive or read online — if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.


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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.

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