National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Protect IT

October Cybersecurity Awareness Month at The Fulcrum Group

Each October, the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) creates an overarching theme for its initiatives to enhance cybersecurity at home and in the workplace. The theme for 2019 is “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.” NCSAM has a wealth of resources—available for free—to help leverage cybersecurity for prospects and existing customers. It is a great way to introduce unfamiliar clients with the topic and how it has become an (inter)national topic.

This post will focus on the Protect IT portion of the initiative and paraphrase a bit from the resource guides available. Protect IT is broken down into categories for exploration and to gain valuable insight into their importance in a secure world:


Social Media Bot programs are common and adaptable to various social media platforms across multiple venues and areas of interest. Social Media Bot usage continues to increase on various social media platforms within the United States. As Social Media Bots increase in usage and utility, malicious behavior via Social Media Bots is also likely to increase. Recent elections in 2016 and 2017, in the United States, United Kingdom, France, and Germany, have drawn a spotlight on the nefarious activity of Social Media Bots.


Today’s technology allows us to connect around the world, to bank and shop online, and to control our televisions, homes, and cars from our smartphones. With this added convenience comes an increased risk of identity theft and Internet scams. #BeCyberSmart on the Internet—at home, at school, at work, on mobile devices, and on the go. 


More and more of our home devices— including thermostats, door locks, coffee machines, and smoke alarms—are now connected to the Internet. This enables us to control our devices on our smartphones, no matter our location, which in turn can save us time and money while providing convenience and even safety. These advances in technology are innovative and intriguing, however they also pose a new set of security risks. #BeCyberSmart to connect with confidence and protect your digital home.

Every topic above has its own corresponding document with tips and information on how to prevent issues and which precautions to take when dealing with security. A lot of customers assume they are secure until they are not, then deal with the repercussions of a data breach. It is beneficial to leverage this information for customers and show how this topic has national attention and stress how it will not go away anytime soon.

Helpful links:

National Initiative For Cybersecurity Careers And Studies (NICCS)

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