Cybersecurity Awareness Month

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Building your Security Awareness Month Campaign

In a 12-month annual security awareness program, you can include one or more compulsory cybersecurity e-learning courses, 12-24 micro-learning sessions, and comprehensive anti-phishing training.

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Step 1: Set theme and identify topics

Select a theme and mascot centered around a relevant cybersecurity topic. Then, outline four weekly topics in line with the theme. Our 2023 theme was ‘Transforming Human Cybersecurity Behavior,’ and the associated topics for 2023 are listed below.

Theme and mascot sample

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Step 2: Decide deliverables for the toolkit

This toolkit offers diverse training materials such as flyers, emailers, brochures, teaser videos, gamified modules, quizzes, and checklists. It aims to foster a culture of cybersecurity behavior transformation.

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Step 3: Set a delivery plan

Establish a calendar and allocate specific days for each deliverable to ensure seamless execution of the Security Awareness Month.

An image of the CSAM Oct 2023 calendar

Security Awareness Month Calendar

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Step 4: Deliver the toolkit

Each week, distribute topic-specific toolkits containing flyers, quizzes, and microlearning videos. Prior to the toolkit launch, send learners emails and teaser videos to motivate and inform them about the campaign.

 

Micro-learning Videos

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Step 5: Collect Learner feedback

Collect feedback from learners using surveys or assessments after the program concludes. Use Security Quotient’s managed services to facilitate customized feedback surveys for clients.

Sample: Focus Behaviors

Each Security Awareness Month revolves around a specific set of focused cybersecurity behaviors, serving as the foundational topics for our tailored collateral.

Week 1: Defeating AI-Powered Phishing 
Week 2: Enforcing MFA 
Week 3: Using AI Assistants  
Week 4: Building a Secure Remote Work Culture 

Providing guidance and best practices for individuals and organizations to secure their remote work setups, including secure access, data protection, and safe communication. 

Sample: The Human Cyber Defense Toolkit

This Human Cyber Defense Toolkit contains different forms of training materials designed to empower your workforce with the essential knowledge and skills while also promoting a culture of cybersecurity behavior transformation. This sample is from a past Cybersecurity Awareness Month campaign.

Launch Emailer
Teaser video
Flyers
Gamified module
Infographics
Grand finale quiz
Top 10 behavioral checklist

The Delivery Plan

The sample calendar explains the delivery schedule. The entire collateral will be transferred to the client approximately 10 days before the commencement of the Security Awareness month.

The Delivery Plan

Our services

Deliver the toolkit
Essential customization (optional)
Provide LMS (optional)
Dedicated helpdesk  
Consulting and strategy advise

Frequently Asked Questions

Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CSAM) is an annual campaign held in October to promote cybersecurity awareness and encourage individuals and organizations to adopt best practices, ultimately strengthening digital security.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CSAM) is crucial for organizations as it reduces cybersecurity risks, enhances employee awareness, and ensures compliance, ultimately safeguarding sensitive data and reputation. Active participation in CSAM is a proactive step toward protecting digital assets and maintaining stakeholder trust.

The primary objectives of observing Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CSAM) are to promote awareness about cybersecurity risks, educate individuals and organizations on best practices, foster a culture of cybersecurity, and encourage proactive measures to enhance digital security.

Organizations can strengthen cybersecurity during Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CSAM) by setting clear goals, allocating resources, creating engaging training content, fostering employee involvement, and evaluating progress, ensuring the effective use of CSAM to enhance cybersecurity.

Organizations can make the most of Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CSAM) by leveraging it to improve cybersecurity measures and cultivate a more vigilant and informed approach among employees toward cybersecurity practices by introducing engaging activities and training sessions.

Practicing Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CSAM) improves a nation’s or region’s cybersecurity by increasing awareness, education, and collaboration among stakeholders. It also encourages the development of policies, fosters readiness, and contributes to a cultural shift towards greater cybersecurity responsibility.

Organizations that should actively participate in Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CSAM) include businesses, government agencies, educational institutions, nonprofits, security professionals, media and technology companies, community organizations, parents, caregivers, and critical infrastructure providers. Their participation is vital to bolster cybersecurity practices and awareness across various sectors of society.

To create an effective Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CSAM) program, organizations should set clear goals, allocate resources, engage leadership, target the audience, develop engaging content, schedule activities (including effective training sessions), promote involvement, measure progress, gather feedback, collaborate, evaluate, and plan for sustainability.

During Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CSAM), organizations can conduct various activities to promote cybersecurity awareness and best practices. These activities may include workshops, phishing simulations, training sessions, awareness campaigns, challenges, policy reviews, incident response drills, MFA adoption, updates, employee engagement, collaboration, contests, feedback channels, awareness videos, and the provision of cybersecurity resources.

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