Cybersecurity Awareness Month



Now in its 18th year, Cybersecurity Awareness Month—previously known as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month—continues to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across our Nation, ensuring that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month Theme and Schedule

CISA and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) are proud to continue the using the overarching theme:

“Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.”

This evergreen theme encourages individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace, stressing personal accountability and the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity.

In 2021, CISA and NCSA will focus on the following areas in our promotions and outreach:

  • Week of October 4 (Week 1): Be Cyber Smart.
  • Week of October 11 (Week 2): Phight the Phish!
  • Week of October 18 (Week 3): Explore. Experience. Share. – Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week
  • Week of October 25 (Week 4): Cybersecurity First

Use the hashtag #BeCyberSmart before and during October to promote your involvement in raising cybersecurity awareness.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month Resources

During October, use CISA’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month Resources to help your stakeholders learn how to reduce their cybersecurity risks and protecting themselves online. Use these resources in your communities and share them with your stakeholders throughout the year to encourage strong, nationwide cybersecurity. These materials are free and may be modified to meet your needs.

Cybersecurity Resources

To decrease cybersecurity risks and protect yourself online, CISA offers cybersecurity technical and non-technical resources to help you and your communities improve your cybersecurity posture. These tools are not only valuable during Cybersecurity Awareness Month but throughout the year.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month Speaker Requests

If you would like to request a CISA speaker to participate in your Cybersecurity Awareness Month event, please complete a DHS Speaker Request Form and email it to CISA.speakers@hq.dhs.gov, by August 26th.

Thank you for your support and commitment to Cybersecurity Awareness Month and helping all everyone stay safe and secure online. Please email the CISA Team with any questions. Please direct media inquiries to CISAMedia@hq.dhs.gov.

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