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It’s October and it’s Cyber Security Awareness Month!

Did you know that every year since 2003, October has been recognized as Cyber Security Awareness Month?

The idea behind the celebration of this event was (and still is) to ensure that every individual stays safe and secure online. The tradition of observing October as Cyber Security Awareness Month begun in the United States of America and first it was called National Cyber Security Awareness Month – NCSAM, (According to Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency of United States Government).

Each year usually has a theme or a slogan that goes with the month, this year it’s Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.

Over the years with the increasing use of technology and internet for work and pleasure, the need for cyber security awareness has also grown – many organisations, companies and individuals from all over the world have joined this movement with various efforts to educate people and help them stay safe online.

At CyberSafeKids we deliver education programmes on cyber safety to try to help children, parents, teachers and youth workers  navigate the online world in a stronger, smarter and safer way, and so we think it’s important to highlight the importance of October’s Cyber Security Awareness month.

What exactly is Cyber Security and why is it important?

Having a basic understanding of cyber security helps prevent attacks on both the individual and the organisation. We have all heard about high profile attacks in recent years such as on the HSE in Ireland in 2021 at the height of the pandemic. IBM describes  a cyber attack as an “attempt to destroy, expose, alter, disable, steal or gain unauthorized access to or make unauthorized use of anything that has value to the organization.” According to a UK government survey, 39% of UK businesses came under attack in the first quarter of 2021, with many incidents causing significant damage (Source).

What we, CyberSafeKids will do during cyber Security Awareness Month?

  1. We will keep creating engaging, interesting and educational content on our Social Media channels about Cyber Security all October.
  2. With the support of LittleWoods Ireland will be hosting  CyberBreak – a 24 hour detox from mobile devices starting on 15th of October from 5pm. More info here.
  3. We will upload useful tips, resources and other interactive materials on our website (cybersafekids.ie) for you to be better equipped for the online word after this Cyber Security Awareness month.

What can I, as a parent, teacher or youth worker do?

  1. Test how CyberSafe your family is with our interactive CyberSafe Family Quiz. Click here.
  2. Join the CyberSafeKids x LittleWoods Ireland CyberBreak 2021 and log off from all internet-enabled devices for 24 hours to have more time to talk to your family and friends. Sign up your family or school here.
  3. Share this article with your friends and family to help raise awareness of CyberSecurity and help other parents and teachers to learn how to navigate the online world in a stronger, smarter and safer way.
  4. Follow our social media channels (Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter)  for the latest CyberSecurity updates and most useful tips for parents, teachers and youth workers. 
  5. Try our CyberSafe eLearning, which is a self-paced online learning course that covers all of the main areas of online safety. The first introductory course is for FREE, but the others are only 25 euros each. Don’t miss your chance to sign up!

Here’s to an even smarter, safer, stronger 2021 and beyond!

Posted on:

Oct 5, 2021

Monika