National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) in the United States, and Cyber Security Awareness Month in other parts of the world; an entire month designated to engage and educate both the public and private sectors on cyber security. With the internet touching almost all aspects of daily life, it is hugely important to raise awareness of cyber security.

New legislation in the United States and the European Union has thrown cyber security into the spotlight once again, ensuring that there is a stronger focus than ever on the cyber security practices of both consumers and businesses. This year’s campaign tagline is Stop.Think.Connect’, aiming to empower all users to be safer and more secure online, and make the internet a more secure experience for everyone.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month has grown exponentially since its inception in 2004, now reaching consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people across the globe. NCSAM originally grew out of efforts by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) who worked in conjunction with both industry and government partners to bring cyber security into the spotlight. National Cyber Security Awareness Month has continued to grow in both its reach and participation since then, and now includes the participation of numerous industry participants engaging their customers, employees and the general public. For more information on NCSAM, visit the Homeland Security website.

In support of this initiative to raise awareness, HP is running a number of events throughout October across both the US and the UK, covering numerous topics. See below for a full list of events:

October 6

NCSAMsq2015 Cost of Cyber Crime Study

The 6th annual Ponemon Cost of Cyber Crime Study was released globally on October 6th. The study encompasses findings on the annual cost of cyber attacks to organizations across seven countries. One of the key findings from the 2015 Study is that cyber crimes continue to be very, very costly: the net increase in the cost of cyber crime over the six year span of the study was 82 percent. The average annualized cost of cyber crime incurred by a U.S. organizations was $15 million.

Cyber Security Forum: New Players, New Risk, New Knowledge (Washington, D.C.)

Aimed at addressing how digital security issues will shape the future of where and how we live, The Atlantic convened representatives from across public and private sectors for a conversation on the outer limits of what we know in this field and the blind spots that we have yet to fill in. Underwritten by HP, the event took place in Washington, D.C. on October 6th. For more information or to see a replay of the event, visit The Atlantic website.

October 13 

Women on the Front Lines of Cybersecurity

In support of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, HP Will Discuss the Importance of STEM Education and Scholarship Programs for Women in IT Security

In interviews on Tuesday, October 13th, Jewel Timpe, Senior Manager for Threat Research with HP Security Research, will talk about education and training initiatives aimed at closing the gap in the IT security workforce. She’ll also share information about the Scholarship for Women Studying Information Security, in its second year of sponsorship from HP, designed to inspire a new generation of talent to enter the IT security field and to ensure a diverse group of students acquire the skills needed to address this evolving threat landscape.

October 14 

Webinar – The Cost of Inaction—What Cyber crime Could Cost Your Business

Hear more detail on the Ponemon Cost of Cyber Crime Study findings in a webinar titled, “The Cost of Inaction—What Cyber crime Could Cost Your Business.” Find out how actionable security intelligence can help to minimize the impact of cyber crime on this webcast being held Wednesday, October 14 at 12:00 p.m. EDT. Register for the webinar here.

October 26-30

During the last week of Cyber Security Awareness Month, some of Britain’s best-known business brands are getting together to back a new campaign, dubbed ‘Security Serious’ and running from October 26-30. The campaign aims to dramatically raise basic security awareness among Britain’s businesses and consumers.

HP Security – Data Security is sponsoring this event and will have a presence throughout the week, both at the press photo call on October 26 and via a webinar on October 28.

October 28 

Webinar – Protecting Your Sensitive Data Does Not Have to Impact Business Operations

Andy Heather, VP EMEA, HP Security – Data Security will be hosting a webinar during Security Serious week on how protecting your sensitive data does not have to impact of your business operations. With the risk to data being everywhere all organizations must ensure that their customers’ data and Personally identifiable information (PII) is secure. This webinar will show how you can protect PII through its life cycle. Register for the webinar here.

Webinar – The 2015 State of Cybersecurity in Local, State & Federal Government Study

HP and Ponemon will also discuss the State and Federal report during a webcast on October 28. The study is to better understand the challenges IT and IT security practitioners face in keeping government agencies secure. For more information on the country-specific studies or the State of Cybersecurity in Local, State and Federal Government study, along with an interactive assessment tool, visit 

Get Involved:

There are many ways that you can get involved during National Cyber Security Awareness Month, including;

  • Using #CyberAware in all your social media messages during the month of October
  • Using #HP #CyberAware during any HP events
  • Join the weekly National Cyber Security Awareness Month Twitter chat series. Held every Thursday in October at 3pm ET, you can join the conversation here and use #ChatSTC
  • See what NCSAM activities are taking place in your area here
  • Find out more information on how your government, law enforcement, business, school or organization can take action here
  • Teach elementary, middle, and high school students about Internet safety and security
  • Post cyber security tips, news, and resources highlighting NCSAM on social media sites

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