2016 National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Cyber Security Is Our Shared Responsibility
The Thirteenth Annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month is being celebrated during October 2016, as a collective effort among the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the National Cyber Security Alliance and the National Association of State Chief Information Officers.
This united effort is necessary to maintain a cyberspace that is safer, more resilient, and remains a source of tremendous opportunity and growth for years to come.
NCSAM is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity to increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident.
MS-ISAC 2016 Poster Contest
The MS-ISAC is once again conducting a national K-12 Computer Safety Contest to encourage young people to use the Internet safely and securely and to craft messages and images that will best resonate with their peers across the country.
The contest will be open to all public, private or home-schooled students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Winning entries of the National Contest will be included in the MS-ISAC 2017 Calendar, which is distributed to every state in the country as part of the MS-ISAC Cyber Security Awareness Toolkit. Entries received may also be used in other national, regional and state cyber and computer security awareness campaigns.
View the 2016 winner featured on the cover of the 2017 Calendar
MS-ISAC Cyber Security Toolkit
The MS-ISAC Cyber Security Toolkit features educational material designed to raise cyber security awareness through a variety of informative and practical means. The Toolkit has been developed and distributed by the MS-ISAC to all 50 states as well as U.S. Territories, with customized material that could be widely shared across government, businesses, schools and citizens. The 2016 Toolkit materias are available for download below.
(Important: Please contact the MS-ISAC for instructions for usage of Toolkit material, reproduction and customized branding). Connect With Care
Best of the Web Contest
Cyber Security 2017 Calendar
Cyber Security Education Initiative
All 50 governors are being invited to endorse Cyber Security Awareness Month through the issuance of a proclamation or letter of support. Such recognition at the highest levels of government is an important component in ensuring all Americans have the opportunity to learn more about cyber security and how to safeguard themselves from cyber-based threats. Last year, all 50 governors signed a proclamation or letter of support.
Local Government Proclamations
We are also encouraging local government officials to recognize Cyber Security Awareness Month by signing proclamations or letters of support.