October: Cyber Security Awareness Month


October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

National Cyber Security Awareness Month was first implemented in 2004. It is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance.  The purpose of the awareness month is to increase awareness of threats to safe computing and proper protection mechanisms. This is sponsored at all levels: Federal, State, Municipal, and also by private businesses and entities.

Since inception, Norway and the rest of Europe have adopted this month starting in 2012. Below is the 2015 materials for the month, produced by the DHS:

Cyber Security Awareness Month Materials

The Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) also has materials, such as calendars here.

Advanced Persistent Security Can Assist You and Your Business With Cyber Security Awareness Month

We offer a broad range of services to assist you with Cyber Security Awareness, year round. Below is a list of how we can help. Please contact our Sales Department for more information.

  • We have Security Awareness Posters that you may use to help convey the point to employees.
  • We have a training curriculum that we can present to your employees or you can direct them here for training.
  • We will be presenting a webinar before the end of October. Please sign up for our mailing list to be kept in the loop.
  • Our blog is a great resource for what is going on in cyber security.
  • Our podcast:

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About Joe Gray

Joe Gray is a native of East Tennessee. He joined the U.S. Navy directly out of High School and served for 7 years as a Submarine Navigation Electronics Technician. Since leaving the Navy, Joe has lived and worked in St. Louis, MO, Richmond, VA, and Atlanta, GA. His primary experience is in the Information Assurance (IA) and Cyber Security compliance field. He has worked as a Systems Engineer, Information Systems Auditor, Senior UNIX Administrator, Information Systems Security Officer, and Director of IT Security. Joe is in pursuit of his PhD in Information Technology (with focus in Information Assurance and Security). His undergraduate and graduate degrees are also in Information Technology (with focus in Information Assurance and Security) from Capella University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude for both degrees and completed a Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence. He also is a part-time (Adjunct) Faculty at Georgia Gwinnett College. Joe holds the (ISC)² CISSP-ISSMP, GIAC GSNA, CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA A+ certifications. In his spare time, Joe enjoys reading news relevant to information security, blogging, bass fishing, and flying his drone in addition to tinkering with and testing scripts in R and Python.