Updated: Sep 24, 2018
CyberHabits champions cybersecure cultures in small and mid-sized businesses during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)
Committed to broad and inclusive cybersecurity awareness training, the company announces its Digital Flu Shot.
September 25, 2018 — CyberHabits (www.cyberhabits.me) today announced that it has become a Champion of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2018. It will be joining a growing global effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations and individuals to promote the awareness of online safety and privacy.
A multi-layered and far-reaching campaign held annually in October, NCSAM was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure all digital citizens have the resources needed to stay safer and more secure online while also protecting their personal information. As an official Champion, CyberHabits recognizes its commitment to cybersecurity, online safety and privacy.
“If the news has not already made it abundantly clear, cybersecurity must now be a priority of every business. It is costing businesses trillions of dollars. That’s not just big businesses. Smaller businesses take 60% of the attacks, and many of those fail within a year of being hit,” notes Bill Hughes, Founder and CEO of CyberHabits, a cybersecurity awareness company based in Boston. “What would you do if you knew there was a way to address more than 75% of these attacks, and it costs less than most of your employee benefits? We call it getting your ‘Digital Flu Shot’ -- committing to cybersecurity awareness training for everyone in your organization, because security needs to be everyone’s job. During NCSAM 2018, we are on a mission to reach out to this often neglected class of organizations and help them inoculate themselves from cyber risks.”
Co-founded and led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), NCSAM has grown exponentially since its inception, reaching consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, government entities, the military, educational institutions and young people nationally and internationally. NCSAM 2017 was an unprecedented success, generating 4,316 news stories – an increase of 68 percent in comparison to NCSAM 2016’s media coverage. Kicking off its 15th year, NCSAM 2018 presents an unparalleled opportunity to leverage the month’s tremendous adoption growth over the last several years and expand cybersecurity and privacy education and awareness globally.
"The Champion program continues to be a such a strong foundation for National Cyber Security Awareness Month’s ongoing and impactful success. In 2017, 1,050 organizations enlisted to support the month – a 21-percent increase from the previous year,” said Russ Schrader, NCSA’s executive director. “We are thankful to our 2018 Champion organizations for their support and commitment to our shared responsibility of promoting cybersecurity, online safety awareness and the opportunity to protect our privacy."
As part of the efforts of CyberHabits with NCSAM, we are releasing our Cybersecurity Health Check for free for individuals and small businesses. Any organization that gets a Health Check during the month of October will also be eligible to get a free Digital Flu Shot: one month of free cybersecurity awareness training. Information about the program is available at www.cyberhabits.me/digital-flu-shot.
For more information about NCSAM 2018, the Champion program and how to participate in a wide variety of activities, visit staysafeonline.org/ncsam. You can also follow and use the official NCSAM hashtag #CyberAware on social media throughout the month.
For more information about CyberHabits initiatives and events surrounding NCSAM, sign up at www.cyberhabits.me/cyberaware
CyberHabits is cybersecurity-as-a-service for the SMB market, with deep understanding of the interdependence between your technology and people systems your in securing the enterprise. With a primary focus on measuring and then shifting the “cyber habits” of your employees, It combines and integrates best practices for configuring, diagnosing, monitoring and training employees in a way that affordably optimizes your business readiness to handle cyber attacks from every angle. Visit us at https://www.cyberhabits.me/ or find us on LinkedIn or Twitter.
About National Cybersecurity Awareness Month NCSAM is designed to engage and educate public- and private-sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity in order to increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. Since the Presidential proclamation establishing NCSAM in 2004, the initiative has been formally recognized by Congress, federal, state and local governments and leaders from industry and academia. This united effort is necessary to maintain a cyberspace that is safer and more resilient and remains a source of tremendous opportunity and growth for years to come. For more information, visit staysafeonline.org/ncsam or dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month.
NCSA is the nation's leading nonprofit, public-private partnership promoting cybersecurity and privacy education and awareness. NCSA works with a broad array of stakeholders in government, industry and civil society. NCSA's primary partners are DHS and NCSA's Board of Directors, which includes representatives from ADP; Aetna; AT&T Services Inc.; Bank of America; CDK Global, LLC; Cisco; Comcast Corporation; ESET North America; Facebook; Google; Intel Corporation; Logical Operations; Marriott International; Mastercard; Microsoft Corporation; Mimecast; NXP Semiconductors; Raytheon; RSA, the Security Division of EMC; Salesforce; Symantec Corporation; TeleSign; Visa and Wells Fargo. NCSA's core efforts include National Cyber Security Awareness Month (October); Data Privacy Day (Jan. 28); STOP. THINK. CONNECT™; and CyberSecure My Business™, which offers webinars, web resources and workshops to help businesses be resistant to and resilient from cyberattacks. For more information on NCSA, please visit staysafeonline.org/about.