Cybersecurity Is Our Shared Responsibility
Each October, the MS-ISAC serves as a co-host with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, and the National Cyber Security Alliance in promoting National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). This united effort is necessary to maintain a cyberspace that is safer, more resilient and remains a source of tremendous opportunity and growth for years to come.
The MS-ISAC develops and distributes Cybersecurity Awareness Toolkit materials to all U.S. State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial governments and public education entities, in support of Cyber Security Awareness Month. NCSAM is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity to increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident.
MS-ISAC Cybersecurity Toolkit
The MS-ISAC Cybersecurity Toolkit features educational material designed to raise cybersecurity awareness through a variety of informative and practical means. The Toolkit has been developed and distributed by the MS-ISAC to all 50 states as well as U.S. Territories, with customized material that could be widely shared across government, businesses, schools, and citizens. The 2019 Toolkit materials are available for download below:
- 2020 MS-ISAC Cybersecurity Awareness Calendar
- Cybersecurity Awareness Posters
- Cybersecurity Awareness Posters (co-branded)
MS-ISAC Poster Contest
Every year the MS-ISAC conducts a national K-12 Computer Safety Contest to encourage young people to use the Internet safely and securely and to craft messages and images that will best resonate with their peers across the country.
The contest will be open to all public, private or home-schooled students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Winning entries of the National Contest will be included in the MS-ISAC 2020 Calendar, which is distributed to every state in the country as part of the MS-ISAC Cybersecurity Awareness Toolkit. Entries received may also be used in other national, regional and state cyber and computer security awareness campaigns.
All 50 governors are being invited to endorse Cybersecurity Awareness Month through the issuance of a proclamation or letter of support. Such recognition at the highest levels of government is an important component in ensuring all Americans have the opportunity to learn more about cybersecurity and how to safeguard themselves from cyber-based threats. Last year, all 50 governors signed a proclamation or letter of support.
Local Government Proclamations
We are also encouraging local government officials to recognize Cybersecurity Awareness Month by signing proclamations or letters of support.