PSA Participates in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2018

October 25, 2018

PSA has become a Champion of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2018. We joined a growing global effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations and individuals to promote the awareness of online safety and privacy. A multi-layered and far-reaching campaign held annually in October, NCSAM was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure all digital citizens have the resources needed to stay safer and more secure online while also protecting their personal information. As part of our NCSAM efforts, we reached our PSA Integrators through weekly emails, social media posts, and a specialized webinar.

Week 1: Make Your Home a Haven for Online Safety

  • Is Cybersecurity a Threat or Opportunity for Integrators? PSA President and CEO Bill Bozeman weighs in on a popular topic here at PSA: cybersecurity. Is it a threat or an opportunity? Watch Here
  • Weekly Poll: How do you use your work computer?
    • I use my work computer only at work for only work use. - 17.6%
    • I use my work computer only at work for both work and personal use. - 11.8%
    • I use my work computer only at work and home for only work use. - 35.3%
    • I use my work computer at work and home for both work and personal use. - 35.3%

Week 2:  Millions of Rewarding Jobs: Education for a Career in Cybersecurity

  • Bluesnarfing, Bluejacking, Typosquatting and Other Cyber Terms You Need To Know Now Cybersecurity can be complicated to talk about, with new terminology popping up about as often as a big data breach. Read Here
  • Baldrige Cybersecurity Initiative The Baldrige Cybersecurity Excellence Builder, Version 1.0 is a self-assessment tool to help organizations better understand the effectiveness of their cybersecurity risk management efforts and identity improvement opportunities in the context of their overall organizational performance. Learn More
  • Weekly Poll: Have you taken any Cybersecurity Courses?
    • Yes, only through an industry event/training (TEC, Lynda, Cybrary, NICCS, etc.) - 25%
    • Yes, only through a college/university - 0%
    • Yes, through both an industry event/training and a college/university - 12.5%
    • No - 62.5%

Week 3: It's Everyone's Job to Ensure Online Safety at Work

  • PSA Training: Ransomware PSA Education led an office-wide training for our internal team on the dangers of ransomware. The team got a refresher on the tactics used by these cyber criminals to gather sensitive information and network access. Watch Here
  • Password Tips Passwords can be inconvenient, but they’re important if you want to keep your information safe. Protecting your personal information starts with STOP. THINK. CONNECT.: take security precautions, think about the consequences of your actions online and enjoy the Internet with peace of mind. Here are some simple ways to secure your accounts through better password practices. Learn More
  • Weekly Poll: How often do you update your passwords:
    • Every 3 months - 50%
    • Every 6 months - 25%
    • Once a year - 0%
    • Only when promoted/ Never - 25%

Week 4: Safeguarding the Nation's Critical Infrastructure

  • Cybersecurity Resource Guide Fellow NCSAM 2018 Champion SIA joined PSA in creating the Cybersecurity Resource Guide as an additional resource to Cyber:Secured Forum 2018 attendees. It highlights recommendations and guidelines for the Cybersecurity market with information from the SIA Cybersecurity Advisory Board and the PSA Cybersecurity Committee. Plan on attending Cyber:Secured Forum in Dallas, TX, July 29-31, 2019. Download Here
  • Digital Declutter Checklist As we wrap up National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, start November with a clean machine, secured and protected with this Digital Declutter Checklist from STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Learn More
  • Webinar: Security Customers Have AlredayCought the Cyber Wave; Integrators Need to Get Their Boards or Be Left On the Beach The cyber threat has come to integrators whether they are ready or not. Customers demand new technology which all induce a cyber threat to the customer that integrators need to manage. Watch Now

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About National Cybersecurity Awareness MonthNCSAM is designed to engage and educate public- and private-sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity in order to increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. Since the Presidential proclamation establishing NCSAM in 2004, the initiative has been formally recognized by Congress, federal, state and local governments and leaders from industry and academia. This united effort is necessary to maintain a cyberspace that is safer and more resilient and remains a source of tremendous opportunity and growth for years to come. For more information, visit or NCSANCSA is the nation's leading nonprofit, public-private partnership promoting cybersecurity and privacy education and awareness. NCSA works with a broad array of stakeholders in government, industry and civil society. NCSA's primary partners are DHS and NCSA's Board of Directors, which includes representatives from ADP; Aetna; AT&T Services Inc.; Bank of America; CDK Global, LLC; Cisco; Comcast Corporation; ESET North America; Facebook; Google; Intel Corporation; Logical Operations; Marriott International; Mastercard; Microsoft Corporation; Mimecast; NXP Semiconductors; Raytheon; RSA, the Security Division of EMC; Salesforce; Symantec Corporation; TeleSign; Visa and Wells Fargo. NCSA's core efforts include National Cyber Security Awareness Month (October); Data Privacy Day (Jan. 28); STOP. THINK. CONNECT™; and CyberSecure My Business™, which offers webinars, web resources and workshops to help businesses be resistant to and resilient from cyberattacks. For more information on NCSA, please visit About STOP. THINK. CONNECT.STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ is the global online safety awareness campaign to help all digital citizens stay safer and more secure online. The message was created by an unprecedented coalition of private companies, nonprofits and government organizations with leadership provided by NCSA and the APWG. The campaign was launched in October of 2010 by the STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ Messaging Convention in partnership with the U.S. government, including the White House. NCSA, in partnership with the APWG, continues to lead the campaign. DHS leads the federal engagement in the campaign. Learn how to get involved by following STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ on Facebook and Twitter and visiting