National CyberSecurity Awareness Month | NCSAM 2019 | A Conversation With Kelvin Coleman And Angel Grant

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By Sean Martin & Marco Ciappelli

Guests: Kelvin Coleman and Angel Grant

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Guess what time it is …
It’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)!

It happens every year. And this year marks the 16th anniversary of the initiative.

So, what is NCSAM, you ask? We’re glad you did.

Initially launched by the National Cyber Security Alliance & the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in October 2004, here’s what this year’s program is about:

Under the overarching theme of ‘Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.’, the 16th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is focused on encouraging personal accountability and proactive behavior in security best practices, digital privacy and draw attention to careers in cybersecurity.

Of course, a lot is going on this month, and we wanted to get the inside scoop from the team at NCSA and one of their partners, RSA Security.

During our conversation, we get to chat with Kelvin Coleman, Executive Director, National Cyber Security Alliance, and Angel Grant, Director, Identity, Fraud and Risk Intelligence at RSA Security. These are some of the points we discussed:

  • What is NCSAM and what is its purpose

  • What are the activities taking place this year

  • Why does NCSAM matter and what the connection is between business and society

  • What can people do to participate // how can they help spread the word

In the end, we all have a role to play. What will your part be?

NCSAM 2019 Themes

Own IT.

  • Never Click and Tell: staying safe on social media

  • Update Privacy Settings

  • Keep Tabs on Your Apps: best practices for device applications

Secure IT.

  • Shake Up Your Passphrase Protocol: create strong, unique passphrases

  • Double Your Login Protection: turn on multi-factor authentication

  • Shop Safe Online

  • Play Hard To Get With Strangers: how to spot and avoid phish

Protect IT.

  • If You Connect, You Must Protect: updating to the latest security software, web browser and operating systems

  • Stay Protected While Connected: Wi-Fi safety

  • If You Collect It, Protect It: keeping customer/consumer data and information safe

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