Help spread the word and don't forget to follow NIST on Facebook and Twitter (@NIST and @NISTcyber) and use the Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2021 hashtag #CyberAware and #BeCyberSmart in your social media messages before and during the month.
Replace your profile picture or Facebook cover photo with the Cybersecurity Awareness Month logo for October. Download social media icons
Send an email to colleagues, employees, customers and/or your school and community about the month and outline how your organization will be involved. Highlight the theme and messaging. You can use information from the toolkit in the email. See the “Employee Email Template” available to all Champions.
Include information about the month in your community newsletter. Highlight Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart, and some of the key messages. You can use information from the Cybersecurity Awareness Month About page in the email.
Host a poster/video contest for students in which participants create informative online safety resources. Display the winning entries at school or share them with your community.
Work with your leadership to issue an official proclamation to show your organization’s support of Cybersecurity Awareness Month and its commitment to “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” Proclamations should highlight what your company does to practice cybersecurity.
Host a local or virtual event or training for your organization or community to discuss smart computer practices and relevant cybersecurity issues. Use the PowerPoint presentation template available to all Champions. Talk to community members about best security practices for email, social media and/or online transactions.
Post the new logo on your company or organization’s external or internal website. You can link to the Cybersecurity Awareness Month “About” page to provide more info.
Hold a brown bag lunch for employees to discuss your company’s IT security and acceptable use policies to improve cybersecurity and resilience within your organization.
Issue a company promotion related to the month such as a product discount, competition, or giveaways for customers.
Print Cybersecurity Awareness Month resources and display them in areas where community members spend time online
Distribute the sample press release included in your toolkit. You can publish it as traditional media alerts and releases or publish it on your website’s blog to share with your online audiences. Conduct a mock phishing simulation with employees. Consider providing small prizes to those who performed well or were engaged in activities.
Distribute online safety materials and tip sheets. We have plenty of non-proprietary resources available to download and print in our library.
At the end of the month, send employees an email highlighting your activities and successes, and recapping the best practices learned throughout the month.
Created September 16, 2016, Updated September 14, 2021