Have you ever imagined your data traveling the entire world? How often have you thought about how vulnerable you are through the Internet? The rapid growth and adoption of the Internet is an unprecedented opportunity for innovation and social and economic growth worldwide. However, it also makes securing cyberspace more difficult.
To address this challenge, many countries organize cybersecurity awareness initiatives to educate governments, private industry, educators, and individual citizens about potential problems they can encounter online and understand their respective roles in creating safer cyberspace.
Since Cybersecurity Awareness Month was launched by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in October 2004, cybersecurity organizations have stepped up their efforts to protect Americans and keep them more secure online.
At the same time, people from all over the world have also done this magnificent work to encourage people to learn more about cybersecurity. So, as part of cybersecurity awareness month, we’ve gathered some of the most exciting cybersecurity initiatives worldwide. Let’s check this out together!
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
1. ACROSS THE COUNTRY – BE CYBER SMART
In its 18th year, Cybersecurity Awareness Month—previously known as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month—continues to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across the USA, ensuring that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online.
This year’s theme is “Do Your Part. Be Cyber Smart,” which 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.
If you want to join the conversation, you can use the Hashtag #BeCyberSmart to connect with people online.
2. CISA – STOP. THINK. CONNECT.
STOP. THINK. CONNECT. is a campaign undertaking a national public awareness effort to increase cybersecurity mindfulness, understanding the potential of cyber threats, and enable the U.S. public to feel safer when surfing online. It encourages Americans to realize that the goal of a secure internet is a shared responsibility either at home, in the workplace, and our communities.
If you want to join the conversation, you can use the Hashtags #CyberAware and #ChatSTC to chat and connect with people online.
3. ACSC’s Personal Cyber Security Series
This event encourages Australians to take simple steps to better protect themselves from common online threats and cybercrime during Cyber Security Awareness Month in October.
The Personal Cyber Security: First Steps is the beginning of three guides designed to help Australians understand basic cyber security concepts and measures that they can implement to protect themselves from concurrent cyber threats.
If you want to join the conversation, you can use the Hashtag ### to connect with people online.
4. AFRICAN SOCIETY FOR CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS
The African Cyber Security Awareness Society (ASCSA) is a non-profit organization that promotes safe online behaviors and practices. To inform South Africans, Africa, and the rest of the world to be more vigilant in practicing safe online habits and keeping them alert to see internet safety as a shared responsibility at home, in the workplace, and our communities.
ASCSA facilitates and organizes multiple awareness programs, workshops and training at national and continental levels in partnership with South African government support agencies.
5. ACROSS THE COUNTRY – GET CYBER SAFE
Get Cyber Safe is a national cybersecurity awareness campaign designed to inform Canadians of simple steps they can take to protect themselves online. This campaign helps Canadians stay secure online by teaching them simple steps to protect themselves and their devices. In 2021, Cyber Security Awareness Month in Canada takes place from October 1 to October 31, and the theme is “Life Happens Online.”
If you want to join the conversation, you can use the Hashtag #CSAM2021 to connect with people online.
6. ITLA SECURITY FEST
This higher education institution, ITLA, has an annual conference in October, which tries to raise awareness about cybersecurity among its students and people interested in cybersecurity in the country. This year, the speakers at this conference included our CEO, Reinier Moquete. Some of this year’s topics are Security in Digital Ecosystems, Cyber Resilience after Advanced Persistent Threats, Strategies to Secure E-Commerce, and Trends: Cybersecurity and Business 2021.
7. THE NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY CENTER
This initiative is for the general public to understand the importance of cybersecurity. From parents, children, and teenagers to companies and organizations. They focus on cyber hygiene, essential tools and habits users could put into practice, and case studies that reflect challenges related to the gender gap.
8. EUROPEAN UNION (E.U.) – THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK
The European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) is also hosted every October, and it’s an E.U. campaign dedicated to promoting cybersecurity awareness among citizens and organizations, providing information on current online security by raising awareness and sharing best practices. This features a range of activities across Europe, ranging from conferences, workshops, pieces of training, webinars, presentations, and more, to promote digital security to cyber hygiene.
The two themes of the ECSM2021 campaign are First Aid, guidelines on what to do if one is a victim of a cyber-attack, and Be cyber safe at home.
If you want to join the conversation, you can use the Hashtag #ThinkB4UClick to connect with people online.
9. COMUNIDAD DOJO (DOJO COMMUNITY) – AWARENESS TALKS
The Dojo Community is a non-governmental and non-profit organization that offers opportunities for career awareness in cybersecurity. They provide resources and advice for the execution of projects that contribute to the development of their country. They do talks for NGOs, companies about awareness, free of charge.
10. CYBER SECURITY AGENCY (CSA) – “BETTER CYBER SAFE THAN SORRY”
The “Better Cyber Safe than Sorry” campaign is a nationwide cybersecurity awareness campaign from July 2021 through January 2022. This campaign uses a combination of traditional and digital media platforms and outdoors to achieve the campaign’s objectives of increasing cybersecurity awareness and improving the adoption of good cybersecurity practices in everyday life.
This campaign focuses on drawing parallels between four cybersecurity tips and everyday life: use a strong password and enable two-factor authentication (2FA), detect signs of phishing, use antivirus software, and update software often.
A COMMON GOAL
These initiatives around the world remind us of the importance of raising awareness about cybersecurity, and more importantly that we’re all sharing the same cyberspace. These campaigns encourage good cybersecurity practices worldwide and empower citizens with a sense of shared responsibility to practice safe and informed behaviors on the Internet. And a note to remember: behind those initiatives, there are people, like you, intending to ensure a safer and more secure Internet for all.
Do you know of any other cybersecurity awareness initiatives? Please, share it in the comments below!