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    Promoting National Cyber Security Awareness Month


    For the 13th consecutive year, the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Department of Homeland Security are promoting National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). The importance of NCSAM is to bring cybersecurity best practices to families and businesses. In this edition of Protocol, we are highlighting some of the exciting ways different organizations are highlighting this important event.

    • StaySafeOnline, which is a collaboration of NCSAM and DHS, has a list of 2017 champion organizations, which are “promoting a safer, more secure and more trusted Internet.” Among the champion organizations are the 39th Air Base Wing, CACI International, Voyageur Aviation Corp., and ENISA.

    • Senator Chuck Grassley did a question-and-answer session in Iowa to discuss cybersecurity challenges and best practices for Iowans.

    • Cyberscoop, a publication focused exclusively on cybersecurity news, hosted the inaugural DC CyberWeek, which is modeled on SXSW in Austin but devoted entirely to cybersecurity events and forums around Washington, DC. A large conference was held as well as numerous other events at law firms, cybersecurity companies, and other locations.

    • If you live in San Diego, you may see the Cybersecurity Cash Car driving around. Sponsored by ESET, the car offers an opportunity to play some cyber-related trivia for prizes, and promotes cyber education programs.

    • The University of Mississippi is promoting NCSAM as well, with programs to highlight phishing attacks against students, recent news events such as the Equifax hack, and the concerning trends of ransomware, identity theft, and the proliferation of fake news.

    • The military services held a joint event at the Pentagon to discuss military initatives in cybersecurity. Among the participants were the deputy CIOs for the Army and Marine Corps; Peter Kim, CISO of the Air Force; and Theresa Lang, director of the Navy’s cybersecurity division. They joined Essye Miller, the Defense Department’s CIO, to discuss Cyber Command, threats to military families, the cybersecurity workforce, and protection of critical infrastructure.