3 Ideas for Using MediaPRO’s Free Cybersecurity Awareness Month Resources

Between vacations, working from home, and this whole “pandemic” thing, we wouldn’t be surprised if you haven’t been able to devote much time to plan for Cybersecurity Awareness Month next month.

Yes, it’s already almost October.

Now in its 17th year, Cybersecurity Awareness Month is back this October with a new theme, new logo, and even a new name.  Cybersecurity Awareness Month organizers, The National Cyber Security Alliance, have dropped the “National” to reflect the global audience and response the campaign has received.

The Cybersecurity Awareness Month theme, Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart, highlights the importance of empowering individuals and organizations to better protect their part of cyberspace in an increasingly connected world.

Free Cybersecurity Awareness Month Resources

If you’re still generating ideas for what to do during what we’ve heard called “Christmas in October” for security training and awareness managers, we’ve got covered!

Our 2020 Cybersecurity Awareness Month Toolkit comes packed with easy-to-share, easy-to-consume resources perfect for distributing throughout your company:

  • 17 posters covering phishing, password best practices, and variety of other infosec topics (in multiple formats and dimensions)
  • 3 supremely shareable infographics discussing phishing identification and password security
  • A selection of crossword puzzles and word searches
  • 5 newsletter-style articles perfect for internal newsletters or messaging applications
  • 5 video conference call backgrounds to add some security awareness to any meeting

And you won’t find a hoodie-wearing hacker in the bunch. Your people have experienced enough fear and anxiety this year without being exposed to hackers reaching through their computer screens to grab their data.

This October, aim for encouragement and empowerment, not fear and doubt!

TOOLKIT

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Check out our bundle of free resources to recognize Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Download free video conference backgrounds, puzzles, and more!

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3 Ways to Use These Resources

With these resources, we’ve tried to provide a good variety in terms of both format and topic. Variety is the spice of life, after all, and should be a part of any security training and awareness initiative.

While the content in this toolkit should by no mean take the place of a focused training initiative, these resources are designed to be easily shared and deployed in ways that will reach your employees in the most impactful way possible.

With that said, here are some ideas for sharing these resources:

Catch-the-Phish Contest

We’ve included an infographic highlighting common ways to tell if an email is likely a phishing attempt.

Share this infographic with your employees, then offer a challenge: The employee who reports the most suspected phishing emails throughout October receives a prize! You could even set up weekly video conference calls and invite employees to share any notable phishing attempts they’ve received (sneakiest phish, most obvious phish, etc.).

If actual prizes aren’t in the budget, a little companywide recognition can go a long way. If there’s one thing (most) people love almost as much winning stuff, it’s being recognized for winning stuff.

Poster Scavenger Hunt

We admit it: We were a little hopeful for a return to office life in including a variety of posters in the kit. But WFH is looking to be the new normal, so how about 100% virtual scavenger hunt?

We’re imagining uploading the 12 posters to your intranet or other internal document repository and linking to them from sections of your internal policies related to the poster topic. For example, including a link to the poster about password security embedded in your password guidelines document.

The general topics these posters address are:

  • Social engineering
  • Data privacy
  • Password security
  • Incident reporting
  • Mobile device security

Incentivize trying to collect them all throughout October, similar to the Catch-the-Phish Contest above. The non-so-secret goal here is to re-familiarize your employees with your security-related policies and what other resources you might have on your intranet.

Consider taking it one step further and ask your employees to provide one thing they learned about each of the sections of policies where the posters were “hidden.” Think of it as a micro-book report, with some treasure hunting mixed in!

Video Conference Backgrounds for Security Team

 Our hopefulness for a return to semi-normal shone through with our inclusion of posters in the toolkit. We hedged our bets, too, though, by including some security-themed video conference backgrounds.

We’re big supporters of increasing the visibility of your security team. Your employees would do well to know that they’re not just unapproachable IT nerds locked to computer screens.

Though office lunches have gone the way of sporting events and readily available hand sanitizer, virtual lunch and learns featuring your security team members are still possible. We’ve produced some short-and-sweet video conference backgrounds with general security best practices that can be used to feature your IT staff or cybersecurity staff as star of the show.

Your IT and security teams have likely been working overtime since working from home became the norm. They deserve a little special recognition in October.

Looking For More?

The National Cyber Security Alliance has loads of great content, too. Check out their resources page for more free stuff.

Happy October!

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