This is the homepage for all things related to UVA's National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).
Starting October 12th, we have two weeks of informative modules that pertain to cybersecurity at work as well as to you and your family.
Read below for information about the month's theme and the topics of focus for all four weeks of NCSAM.
THEME: DO YOUR PART. #BECYBERSMART
"The line between our online and offline lives is indistinguishable. In these tech-fueled times, our homes, societal well-being, economic prosperity and nation’s security are impacted by the internet."
This is the motivation behind the National Cybersecurity Alliance's decision to orient this year's National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) theme toward an action-driving, empowering message to people around the country. When everyone owns a little chunk of cyberspace, we must all do our part to protect ours, and in doing so, protect others around us from potentially harmful cyber-attacks. The hope:
"If everyone does their part – implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating vulnerable audiences or training employees – our interconnected world will be safer and more resilient for everyone."
WEEK 1: IF YOU CONNECT IT, PROTECT IT
Week 1 will highlight the importance of protecting your connected devices in your home. Today, many homeowners have devices that turn their house into a "smart home." Appliances and devices of all kinds connect to the internet, and because of this increased interconnectivity in the home, there is also more risk of being hacked at home. Users will be empowered to protect their homes from cyber-break-ins.
WEEK 2: SECURING DEVICES AT WORK
In the recent past, and particularly during the pandemic, our businesses have become increasingly connected and based online. With advances in communications and file sharing technologies, we can collaborate with co-workers on our computers. However, as business moves online, so does sensitive data that must be protected from cyber-criminals. Week 2 will focus on steps users and organizations can take to protect internet connected devices for both personal and professional use.
WEEK 3: SECURING INTERNET-CONNECTED DEVICES IN HEALTHCARE
The healthcare industry increasingly relies on connected devices and internet file storage to keep track of essential health information and transfer that information between various care facilities and providers. With the introduction of telehealth, digital health records, interconnected medical devices, and wellness apps, healthcare data is more exposed than ever to the possibility of cyber-crimes. Week 3 will look closely at cybersecurity implications for providers and consumers in the new technologically-driven healthcare landscape.
WEEK 4: THE FUTURE OF CONNECTED DEVICES
In week 4, learn about how technological advances like 5G can give us faster internet but expose additional vulnerabilities to cyber-criminals, and how you can adapt to new trends in such a fast-moving internet-connected environment.
You can read more on the topics from weeks 1-4 as well as access information about this month's online events by using the sidebar menu on the left side of this webpage.