National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)


Now in its 17th year, NCSAM continues to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across our Nation and ensure that all American have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online.

We’d like to welcome and thank those of you joining us for the first time as well as those who have taken part in the past. Every year, NCSAM conveys a clear message of partnership between government and industry, from the White House to the individual. CISA and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) are proud to announce this year’s theme:

“Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.”

This 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. Recognizing that all personal devices are potentially vulnerable, NCSAM emphasizes “If You Connect IT. Protect IT.” Throughout October, CISA and NCSA will focus on the following areas in our promotions and outreach. Partners are welcome to follow along with NCSA but are also encouraged to create their own areas of focus relevant to their organization:

  • October 1 and 2: Official NCSAM Kick-off
  • Week of October 5 (Week 1): If You Connect It, Protect It
  • Week of October 12 (Week 2): Securing Devices at Home and Work
  • Week of October 19 (Week 3): Securing Internet-Connected Devices in Healthcare
  • Week of October 26 (Week 4): The Future of Connected Devices

We encourage you to use NCSAM’s hashtag #BeCyberSmart before and during October to promote your involvement in raising cybersecurity awareness. If you would like to request a CISA speaker to participate in your NCSAM event, please complete a DHS Speaker Request Form and email it to CISA.speakers@hq.dhs.gov. Please submit speaker requests by Friday, August 28, 2020 to allow CISA enough time to process all speaker requests and find potential subject matter speakers for your October events.

Once again, thank you for your continued support and commitment to NCSAM and helping all American stay safe and secure online. Please email the CISA NCSAM Team at or the NCSA NCSAM Team. Please direct media inquiries to CISAMedia@hq.dhs.gov or call 703-235-2010.

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