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Protection against cyberattacks is a growing concern as supply chains continue to ramp up digitalization and more employees are accessing work applications from remote servers.

“If You Can Connect It, Protect It,” is the theme of Week 1 of the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure individuals and organizations have the resources to stay safer and more secure online.

“This year, we’ve seen a major, and likely permanent, shift in the way we work, learn, and socialize, as more and more of our activities have gone virtual,” said Christopher Krebs, director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA).

“Gone are the days when individuals could think about cybersecurity casually,” Krebs said. “Our homes, schools, and businesses are now more connected than ever, introducing a whole new set of potential vulnerabilities. During this month, we are working to boost every American’s cyber readiness and our nation’s collective cybersecurity.”

Throughout October, CISA and Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) are highlighting different aspects of cybersecurity with virtual events and online resources focused on different weekly themes:

  • Week One: “If You Connect It, Protect It.” – focuses on the ways online devices have impacted our lives and empowers users to own their role in security by reducing their cyber risk.
  • Week Two: Securing Devices at Home and Work – focuses on steps individuals and organizations can take to protect internet-connected devices for both personal and professional use.
  • Week Three: Securing Internet-Connected Devices in Healthcare – focuses specifically on what steps the healthcare industry and their consumers can take do their part and be “cybersmart.”
  • Week Four: The Future of Internet-Connected Devices – focuses on exploring how technological innovations, such as 5G, might impact consumers’ and businesses’ online experiences, as well as how people and infrastructure can adapt to the continuous evolution of the connected devices.

Since its original inception under leadership from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), Cybersecurity Awareness Month observed every October has grown exponentially, reaching consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation.

For more information about National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, go here.