Now in its 20th year, Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2023 highlights the growing importance of cybersecurity in our daily lives and encourages individuals and businesses to take essential cybersecurity steps to stay safe online.
Promoting Cybersecurity Awareness and Best Practices
Boise State Online is committed to cybersecurity education by participating in the 20th Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Founded in 2004, Cybersecurity Awareness Month, held each October, is the world’s foremost initiative aimed at promoting cybersecurity awareness and best practices. Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a collaborative effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations, tribal communities and individuals committed to educating others on online safety.
At Boise State University, cybersecurity and cyber safety are crucial. Our wide range of cybersecurity education options, which include online courses, degrees and certificates, are carefully crafted to equip the next generation of cybersecurity defenders with the skills and knowledge necessary to stay ahead of emerging threats. Comprehending the significance of staying safe online and shielding yourself from possible security hazards is essential, regardless of your career aspirations.
Securing Our World
From mobile to connected home devices, technology is deeply intertwined with our lives. And while the evolution of technology accelerates, cybercriminals are working just as hard to find ways to compromise technology and disrupt personal and business life. For 20 Octobers and counting, Cybersecurity Awareness Month aims to highlight some of the emerging challenges that exist in the world of cybersecurity today and provide straightforward, actionable guidance that anyone can follow to create a safe and secure digital world for themselves and their loved ones.
This year, the theme of Cybersecurity Awareness Month is Secure Our World, with the main messaging revolving around four key cybersecurity best practices:
- Understanding the benefits of using a password manager and dispelling existing myths around password manager security and ease of use.
- Turning on multi-factor authentication on personal devices and business networks.
- Recognizing and reporting phishing — still one of the primary threat actions used by cybercriminals today.
- Installing updates on a regular basis and turning on automated updates.
Learn More About Boise State Online and Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2023
Cybersecurity Awareness Month continues to build momentum and impact with the goal of providing everyone with the information they need to stay safer and more secure online. Boise State Online is proud to support this far-reaching online safety awareness and education initiative, which is co-managed by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the National Cybersecurity Alliance.
For more information about Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2023 and how to participate in a wide variety of activities, visit the CISA.Gov event webpage. You can also follow and use the hashtag #CybersecurityAwarenessMonth and #SecureOurWorld on social media throughout the month.
About Boise State Online Cyber Programs
Boise State Online’s undergraduate and graduate cyber operations and resilience programs prepare students to anticipate, detect, mitigate and manage cyber, physical and interdependent infrastructure threats. Students learn how to take a holistic approach to creating more resilient systems by focusing on the interrelationships of systems. This holistic approach to cyber operations is unique to Boise State and is not rooted in niche mathematics or computer science. True resiliency is achieved in the securing of people, processes and technology. Thus, students from all backgrounds are needed in the cyber program and related career fields. With a growth mindset and commitment to learning, all students can succeed.
About Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Cybersecurity Awareness Month 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. Since the Presidential proclamation establishing Cybersecurity Awareness Month in 2004, the initiative has been formally recognized by Congress, federal, state, and local governments and leaders from industry and academia. This united effort is necessary to maintain a cyberspace that is safer and more resilient and remains a source of tremendous opportunity and growth for years to come.