Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2023

In today’s digital world, cybersecurity is more important than ever. As our society relies increasingly on technology, we become more vulnerable to cyberattacks. It is important to implement strong cybersecurity measures to protect ourselves and our organizations from these threats. Cybersecurity is important for both individuals and organizations. For individuals, cybersecurity can help to protect their personal information, financial assets and online privacy. For organizations, cybersecurity can help to protect data, systems and networks from cyberattacks. This can help to prevent financial losses, reputational damage and disruptions to business operations.

Governors are leading on cybersecurity, from protecting critical infrastructure to the effective recruitment and retention of qualified state cybersecurity personnel. Just last week NGA held the inaugural in-person convening of its Cybersecurity Policy Advisors Network. Participants discussed cybersecurity challenges and strategies across a range of topics. Bookmark the Resource Center for State Cybersecurity for details from the meeting and to keep abreast of Governors’ work in this area.

“We must learn to protect ourselves in the digital age and it takes all of us to help keep our data secure. I encourage everyone to take advantage of the free activities and resources made available during Cybersecurity Awareness Month. I want to thank the Delaware Department of Technology and Information for their efforts in educating the public of the risks and keeping Delaware safe from cyber-attacks.”

Governor John Carney

2023 marks the 20th annual Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CSAM), a collaborative effort, each October, between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online. The goal of CSAM is to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to provide individuals and organizations with the tools and resources they need to protect themselves from cyberattacks. This year the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is encouraging four simple steps every American can take to stay safe online.

  • Use strong passwords and a password manager
  • Turn on multifactor authentication (MFA)
  • Recognize & report phishing
  • Update software

Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a great opportunity to learn more about cybersecurity and to take steps to protect yourself and your organization from cyberattacks. There are a variety of resources available online, and by getting involved with CSAM, Americans can help raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and make the internet a safer place for everyone.

“Maintaining the security of cyberspace is a shared responsibility in which each of us has a critical role to play, and awareness of cyber hygiene will improve the security of the state of Alabama’s information, infrastructure and economy.”

Governor Kay Ivey