Florida Center for Cybersecurity

National Cyber Security Awareness Month shares tips to keep you safe online all year

TAMPA, Fla. (September 29, 2016) – Each October, National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is held to give Americans the information and resources they need to protect themselves online. As an official champion organization for this effort, the Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC2) is helping spread the word and empower smarter, safer Internet users.

In 2015, 38% more online security incidents were detected than in 2014. That number is only likely to climb for 2016 as companies continue to struggle with a cybersecurity workforce shortage, more people go online and more devices get connected to the web. In this increasingly online world, Internet safety awareness is a must.

The Internet plays a major role for almost everyone, and new scams and data breaches affect Americans from every walk of life on a daily basis. With the sophistication of these threats, anyone can become a victim, which makes this month-long awareness campaign so important.

Each week, NSCAM focuses on a different cyber topic that consumers need to know to protect their identity, finances and personal information online:

  • Week 1: Oct. 3-7 STOP. THINK. CONNECT.: The Basic Steps to Online Safety and Security
  • Week 2: Oct. 10-14 From the Break Room to the Boardroom: Creating a Culture of Cybersecurity in the Workplace
  • Week 3: Oct. 17-21 Recognizing and Combating Cybercrime
  • Week 4: Oct. 24-28 Our Continuously Connected Lives: What's Your "Apptitude"?

* Don't forget to attend the Florida Center for Cybersecurity's Third Annual Conference on October 25 at the Tampa Convention Center. Register now! 

  • Week 5: Oct. 31 Building Resilience in Critical Systems

It's easy to learn how to be a smarter, safer Internet user. Visit the NCSAM portal for a full overview of October's NCSAM activities and tips to get involved. You will find ways to support the cause, promote awareness, join an event and share cybersecurity resources.

About the Florida Center for Cybersecurity

Created during the 2014 legislative session, the Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC2) is a shared resource for cybersecurity research, education and outreach across the state and beyond. The Center fosters collaboration between higher education, government, defense and business communities to share knowledge, resources and training opportunities that help mitigate cybersecurity threats and create opportunities for innovative solutions. Located at the University of South Florida, FC2 is leading efforts to position Florida as a national leader in cybersecurity.


Media Contact: Kate Whitaker, 813-974-1229

National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) shares valuable tips to ensure everyone knows how to protect themselves online.