Take Ctrl this National Cyber Security Month

By Edmond Egan


Since our lives are increasingly digitally connected, we must do our part to keep them safe and secure. October is very important in the calendar for the security industry. Many countries around the world now recognise October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) as a time to promote cyber security.

What is National Cyber Security Month?

Organisations are encouraged to create resources and communications to inform their employees and customers about staying safe online during the month. 

In its 19th year, National Cyber Security Awareness Month continues to build momentum and impact, co-led by the National Cybersecurity Alliance and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) under the overarching theme: See Yourself in Cyber.

Why should you participate?

You might be wondering why we make this effort every October? Cybersecurity reports often talk about massive data breaches and hackers, which can seem overwhelming and make you feel powerless. However, National Cyber Security Awareness Month is here to remind everyone that there are different types of ways to keep data protected. It can make a huge difference even by practising the basics of cybersecurity.

This year, the four key behaviours are:

1. Enabling multi-factor authentication

2. Using strong passwords and a password manager

3. Updating software

4. Recognising and reporting phishing

What can you do?

Everyone can make a difference during National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Whether you have a minute, an hour, a day or all month long – check out methods you can participate in and support National Cyber Security Awareness Month and best of all become an NCSAM Champion!

VeryPC has a dedicated IT Security page on our website where you'll be able to discover solutions to support you with a protected network. 

However, we recommend this year you focus on:

1. Investing two-factor authentication

2. Using strong passwords alongside a password manager

3. Regular check if software needs updating

4. Helping staff recognise phishing attacks

If we each do our part to advocate stronger security procedures, increase community awareness, and participate in cyber security programs, then together we will evolve into a safer digital world. That's what National Cyber Security Awareness Month is all about! 

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