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10/1/2013
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Ira Winkler
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Make The Most Of National Cyber Security Awareness Month

NCSAM is a catalyst to get extra attention for your security programs

An awareness month can bring with it many benefits. When you think about some of the wildly successful awareness months, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to mind. Associated efforts include fundraising walks and Delta Airlines repaints some of its planes pink. Events take place throughout the country and a good portion of the world. But there is nothing otherwise special about the month -- except that it serves as a rallying cry for people to take action.

Now, as the 10th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) begins today, it's time to take advantage of the benefits that it similarly offers. While it might not be a standard practice to normally devote attention to information security, security awareness practitioners can now contend that extra corporate attention should be placed on your efforts.

It is a good time to let rally extra support from management to put on events, get permission to set up awareness booths, pass out literature, get space on corporate intranet sites, send out extra messages to the staff, etc. NCSAM is a catalyst to get extra attention for your programs, which is another way of saying that you get more awareness for your awareness campaign.

If you have already started planning, try to make the most of it. If you haven't yet put something together, now is the time to try to get started. If you are short on resources, we put together an NCSAM Support Package that provides a turnkey NCSAM program.

While it is not likely that anyone will be repainting an airplane to support our cause, there is still a lot of support to be had. Take advantage of the momentum. More important, make sure that you keep the momentum going after the month is over.

Ira Winkler is president of Secure Mentem

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Peter Fretty,
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10/29/2013 | 10:58:57 PM
re: Make The Most Of National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Great idea. Awareness is so vital today as phishing and targeted attacks continue to evolve and catch information users frightfully unprepared. While people may not need to know the inner workings of the organization's tools (i.e. next gen firewalls), they should have a strong grasp of the best practices as well as the organization's overall security strategy.

Peter Fretty
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