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Posted on October 15, 2015 by

Cybersecurity: Our Shared Responsibility

button1_finalOctober is known for many things, but for those involved with business continuity, it is celebrated as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). This year’s theme—Our Shared Responsibility—underscores the importance of taking ownership of our actions to increase our cyber awareness and improve practices to mitigate risks. Sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in collaboration with the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), National Cyber Security Awareness Month is an annual reminder of the need to take an active role in preparing for cyber threats. Here, we’ve listed a few ways your organization can get involved.

Promote NCSAM

  • Send an email to business contacts encouraging them to review their own policies in light of National Cyber Security Awareness Month.
  • Hang posters and share tips around the office and your community about how individuals can protect personal information.
  • Use the hashtag #CyberAware on social media sites when sharing safety tips and reminders. Download these post templates from the NCSA for assistance.
  • Become a NCSAM Champion and join over 400 universities, colleges, businesses, government agencies, and associations who show their support.

Assess Your Cybersecurity Program

  • Update your operating systems, browsers, and other critical software.
  • Review and update your cybersecurity policies.
  • Hold a Lunch and Learn with all personnel to discuss cybersecurity and acceptable use policies.
  • Provide information security training company-wide.
  • Evaluate third party vendors to ensure continuity of your services even when critical vendors’ services are unavailable.

Join the Conversation

  • Participate in the weekly National Cyber Security Awareness Month Twitter Chat series on Thursdays in October at 3pm PDT using the hashtag #ChatSTC.
  • Register for part 2 of the Business Continuity Topics & Trends for Financial Services webinar series, Cybersecurity & Disaster Recovery, on Thursday, October 22nd, at 2pm EDT to join Preparis CEO Armistead Whitney and information technology expert Mark McKinney as they discuss key things you should be doing to mitigate risks.

Cyber awareness is something we should all strive to improve regardless of the month. If you would like help devising and implementing a robust cybersecurity program within your organization complete with plans, penetration testing, and employee training, visit or email us at

About Marlia Fontaine-Weisse

Marlia Fontaine-Weisse is the Content Manager for Preparis.

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