This year’s theme for the 16th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month — Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT. — is focused on encouraging personal accountability and proactive behavior in security best practices, digital privacy, and drawing attention to careers in cybersecurity.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework has been developed as a free resource to help organizations (large and small, public and private) improve their cybersecurity practices through a practical approach to addressing the ever evolving cybersecurity threats and challenges.
The Federal Government of the United States of America, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (www.dhs.gov/CISA),the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (http://msisac.cisecurity.org), the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (www.nascio.org), and the National Cyber Security Alliance (www.staysafeonline.org) all recognize October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month; and all citizens are encouraged to visit these websites, and the STOP. THINK. CONNECT.”‘ Campaign website (www.dhs.gov/stopthtinkconnector www.stopthinkconnect.org) to learn about cybersecurity to put that knowledge into practice in their homes, schools, workplaces, and businesses.
The Calvert Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) recognizes it has a vital role in identifying, protecting its citizens from, and responding to cybersecurity threats which may have significant impact to our individual and collective safety and privacy.
Cybersecurity education and awareness is crucial for everyone, including large corporations, small businesses, financial institutions, schools, government agencies, the home user, and anyone who connects to the internet and monitoring your accounts, being conscientious of what you share online, keeping computer software up to date, creating unique complex passwords and changing them regularly, two factor authentication, installing anti-virus programs and firewalls, and using mobile devices safely are ways you can protect yourself from phishing, viruses, malware, and loss of sensitive data. Maintaining the security of cyberspace is a shared responsibility in which each of us has a critical role to play, and awareness of computer security essentials will improve the security of information, infrastructure, and economy.
The STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Campaign serves as the global online safety awareness campaign, implemented through a coalition of private companies, nonprofit, government organizations, and academic institutions working together to increase the public’s understanding of cyber threats and empowering Americans to be safer and more secure online.
On October 8, 2019, it was proclaimed by the Calvert Board of County Commissioners, that Calvert County Government is officially supporting National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2019. And it was further proclaimed that all citizens and employees are urged to join the Board of County Commissioners in increasing awareness and understanding, this month and throughout the year.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon