CSN Kicks off National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2019

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)! The Cybercrime Support Network (CSN) is proud to be a champion for NCSAM19. NCSAM is a collaborative effort to support and explore this year’s NCSAM theme of ‘Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.’ which encourages everyone to #BeCyberSmart through cybersecurity best practices! NCSAM is co-led by The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). We’re going to ‘Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.’ this October with blogs, Twitter chats, videos, newsletters and more! Stay tuned for all of the exciting content coming up from CSN. 

To kick the month off, we’ll be hosting a Twitter chat discussing cybersecurity for the individual. Then, we’ll be sharing a blog discussing how to “Own it.” and #BeCyberSmart when it comes to hacked social media and email accounts. As we head into the next week, we’ll focus on cybersecurity for small businesses with another Twitter chat and blog. 

Business email compromise and email account compromise (BEC/EAC)  is one of the biggest cybersecurity risks according to the FBI/IC3. In 2018 alone, there were $1,297,803,489 in recorded losses. To address this major cybersecurity concern, we’ll be writing a blog explaining what happens when you click on a phishing email and releasing a video describing the immediate action steps to take if someone at your business clicks on a phishing email. To close the week out, we’re going to focus on older adults and caregivers. You can visit our new resource page for more information on how older adults and caregivers can take charge in the face of cybercrime. 

We are so excited to participate in NCSAM19! As a nonprofit focused on cybercrime victims, we know that it all starts with prevention and education. Thank you to The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) for co-leading NCSAM and for creating this opportunity to spread awareness. We could not be more proud to champion such an important initiative.