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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

“If You Connect IT. Protect IT”

Cybersecurity Is Our Shared Responsibility

Each October, the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (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 Cybersecurity Alliance in promoting National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). This united effort is necessary to maintain a cyberspace that is an increasingly safe, more resilient, and persistent source of opportunity and growth for years to come.

Protecting against cyber threats is a critical challenge for organizations of all sizes in both the public and private sectors. These threats serve as a constant reminder for the need to promote cybersecurity awareness across the United States. National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2020 (NCSAM) highlights the importance of “If You Connect IT, Protect IT.”

Citizens, businesses, government and schools all play a vital role to improve our nation’s collective cybersecurity preparedness. As recent events have demonstrated, we live, work, and play in an even more connected world. Our increased reliance on a remote environment reminds us that being more secure online is a shared responsibility. Creating a safer cyber environment requires engagement from the entire American community.


During National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), the MS-ISAC conducts a national K-12 “Kids Safe Online” poster 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. These free posters created by the winners of this year’s “Kids Safe Online” contest are printable to hang around your workplace as helpful cybersecurity reminders.

Kids Safe Online” contest printables

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Download the posters

Everyone has the responsibility to maintain a level of cybersecurity awareness and we encourage everyone to make the choice to be proactive not just during NCSAM, but as a part of your daily routine year-round. The entire STS Risk team thanks you for taking the time to participate in this year’s NCSAM, and in turn – help lead the way in modeling the best practices for IT security at the State of Tennessee.

Best regards to all,

Curtis Clan | Chief Information Security Officer