I don’t imagine I’m the first to figure that out, but I think it’s a mistake. It’s easy to jump to scary stuff and tricks or treats and draw clever or cute analogies to cybersecurity and Halloween. First though, ever wonder why Halloween doesn’t need a technical-sounding acronym…really? NCSAM? But no one ever forgets Halloween or can’t remember what it means exactly. However, ask anyone in November what NCSAM means. You’ll be restarting your NCSAM events to remind everyone.
This year’s theme, “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.’” focuses on the important role every connected citizen plays in cybersecurity. And that’s my concern, NCSAM only promotes cybersecurity awareness for one month. Individuals and organizations must consider matters of security with the utmost importance every day, not just in October. Somehow that makes it less important. Or it makes it important but for a shorter period of time. And let’s not forget the “bad guys” only need to be right once on one day.
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