Coppin State University Celebrates National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)

Coppin State University is a National Cyber Security Awareness Month Champion Published Tuesday, October 01st, 2019

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). Learn what we're doing to promote a safe, secure and trusted cyberspace.

What is NCSAM?

October has been designated as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). NCSAM is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its public and private partners, including the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), to raise awareness about the importance of cyber security and individual cyber security well-being. With its key theme of “Own IT. Secure IT. and Protect IT.”, this year NCSAM celebrates its 16th year. From October 1st through October 31st, communications and resources will be shared that focus on how cyber security is a shared responsibility that affects everyone.

Why is NCSAM Important to CSU?

It seems like every week there are new headlines about hackers completely or nearly destroying an organization. Stolen information, bad publicity, and embarrassing revelations are consistently headlines in breaking news stories. The big question becomes how can cyber attacks be prevented. The answer to this question involves remembering the basics about cyber security. Cyber security is everyone’s responsibility and hence, each member of the Coppin Family's responsibility. To educate and promote cyber security awareness to thwart cyberattacks, CSU has become a NCSAM Champion. As a Champion, CSU is dedicated to promoting a safe, secure and trusted cyberspace.

How will CSU Celebrate NCSAM?

To engage the Coppin Family, communications will be coordinated in a variety of ways that align to the weekly themes to educate and promote cyber security awareness. This year’s themes for each week are as follows:

  • Week 1:Simple Steps to Online Safety
  • Week 2:Cybersecurity from the Break Room to the Board Room
  • Week 3:Recognizing and Combating Cybercrime
  • Week 4:Our connected lives:What’s Your “App-titide”?
  • Week 5:Building resilience in critical systems

Please share in the communications this month, take them seriously and apply what you learn!