cybersecurityEvery October, the cybersecurity awareness month is observed. It is a collaborative effort between the industry and the government to make sure that all Americans have the resources they need to remain safe and secure online.

It was created under the leadership of the NCSA or the National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S.  DHS or Department of Homeland Security. Since its inception, it has grown significantly, reached countless consumers as well as small and medium sized businesses, education institutions, corporations, as well as young people in different parts of the country. Currently on its 17th year, NCSA and CISA or Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency leads the building of impact and momentum through the Cybersecurity Awareness Month.



The History of Cybersecurity Awareness Month


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) launched the Cybersecurity Awareness Month back in October 2004. It was a general effort to assist all Americans in staying more secure and safer online.

When it first started, the awareness effort focused on giving out advice like making sure that their antivirus software is updated at least twice a year. It’s like changing the batteries in their smoke alarms once daylight saving time starts.

With the combined efforts of DHS and NCSA, the month has grown exponentially in terms of its reach and consumer participation. Operated in different respects as being a grassroots movement, the cybersecurity awareness month now includes the participation of several industry participants that engage the general public, employees, and clients in awareness as well as other groups like non-profit groups and college campuses.

Between 2009 and 2018, the effort’s team was “Our Shared Responsibility,” which reflected the role that individual users and large businesses play in securing their digital assets.

In 2009, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano became highest ranking official in the government to participate in the event when she launched Cybersecurity Awareness Month at a certain event in Washington D.C. After that, DHS officials, White House, as well as other agencies have begun to participate in the even in different parts of the country.

In 2010, the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Campaign was also launched during the kickoff of the Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The proclamation of President Obama also included the national cybersecurity education and awareness message STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

In the same year, NCSA started moving the launch of the event to different sites across the country. It’s been launched in Washington D.C., TN, Nashville, MA, Boston, NE, Omaha, MI, Ypsilanti, WA, Bellevue and Seattle.

In 2011, DHS and NCSA created weekly concept themes during the month of October. It was based on the feedback provided by stakeholders who said that different aspects of cybersecurity had to be articulated better so that other groups can easily align with certain themes. Themes ranged from education and mobility to cybercrime and law enforcement. The collaboration of DHS and NCSA on Cybersecurity Awareness Month is only among the many different successful private public partnerships that are essential to cybersecurity Columbia SC.


We can help you 'Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.'

SpartanTec, Inc. empowers organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace and have helped businesses in the Carolinas with IT Support, IT Services and IT Consulting since 2002.
We are here to help you do the following:

  • Identifying and understanding which business assets are vulnerable to hackers
  • Learning how to protect those assets
  • Detecting when you have a problem
  • Responding quickly to minimize impact and implement an action plan
  • Creating a plan to recover after a breach to ensure business continuity


NIST is the National Institute of Standards and Technology (U.S. Department of Commerce) has produced the NIST Cybersecurity Framework which helps businesses of all sizes better understand, manage, and reduce their cybersecurity risk and protect their networks and data. The areas of focus for businesses are Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond and Recover.



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