October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month!

Held every October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is the federal led for NCSAM and other national-level cybersecurity awareness issues (e.g., STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ Campaign) throughout the year. CISA co-leads NCSAM activities, messaging, and events with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA).

Now in its 16th year, NCSAM 2019 emphasizes personal accountability and stresses the importance of taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity at home and in the workplace. This year’s slogan – Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT. – focuses on key areas including citizen privacy, consumer devices, and e-commerce security.

Protecting against cyber threats is a critical challenge for organizations of all sizes in both the public and private sectors and serves as a constant reminder of the need to promote cybersecurity awareness across the Nation.  NCSAM highlights the importance of empowering citizens, businesses, government, and schools to improve their cybersecurity preparedness. It reminds us that being more secure online is a shared responsibility and creating a safer cyber environment requires engagement from the entire American community.

For more information on this year’s theme, including tips, guides and resources:

Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.

Additional information and resources on cyber issues and implementing sound cyber security practices are also available at the following websites:

SUNY College of Optometry is recognized as a NCSAM Champion!  

NCSAM Champions represent those dedicated to promoting a safer, more secure and more trusted internet.


Own IT.

The number of devices connected to the Internet is increasing at an exponential rate, and this makes it even more important to understand your digital profile and the potential for cybersecurity threats. OWN your online safety by taking proactive steps to ensure your information is secure.

Understand your digital profile.

Internet-based devices are present in every aspect of our lives: at home, school, work, and on the go. Constant connection provides opportunities for innovation and modernization. But constant connection also presents the potential for cybersecurity threats that can compromise your most important personal information. Understand the devices and applications you use every day to help keep you and your information safe and secure. Avoid the use of free or open Wi-Fi networks, which cybercriminals often exploit.


Secure IT.

Technology is evolving, as are the tactics used by cybercriminals to obtain your, your family’s, or your company’s data for financial gain. SECURE your devices and accounts with added layers of security.

Secure your digital profile.

Cybercriminals are very good at getting personal information from unsuspecting victims and criminal methods evolve with technology. Protect against cyber threats by learning about security features available on the equipment and software you use. Apply additional layers of security to your devices – like Multi-Factor Authentication – to better protect your personal information.


Protect IT.

Understanding how to keep your digital profile safe will help protect you from cybercrime. The ways cybercriminals can gain access to your information is constantly evolving, which means everyone must work to PROTECT their information by practicing good cyber hygiene at home and in the workplace.

Maintain your digital profile.

Every click, share, send, and post you make creates a digital trail that can be exploited by cybercriminals. To protect yourself from becoming a victim of cybercrime you must understand, secure and maintain your digital profile. Be familiar with and routinely check social media platform privacy settings to help protect your privacy and limit cybercrimes. Cybersecurity is an ongoing practice that evolves with the technology landscape.