NASCIO Champions National Cyber Security Awareness Month

LEXINGTON, Ky., Thursday, October 1—The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) is once again observing National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) by being an official cybersecurity champion. The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center and the National Cyber Security Alliance are promoting cyber security awareness, safety and security online.  NASCIO is continuing its partnership with these organizations to officially show support and promote a safer, more secure and trusted Internet.

This year, the NCSAM theme is “do your part. Be cyber smart.” According to the NCSAM website, the theme “empowers individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace, with a particular emphasis on the key message for 2020: ‘If you connect it, protect it.’  If everyone does their part – implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating vulnerable audiences or training employees – our interconnected world will be safer and more resilient for everyone.”

“While responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, state governments are seeing increased cyber threats and attacks. Greater awareness is critical. NASCIO applauds those states who have issued proclamations to recognize October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and calls on everyone to commit their support to helping raise awareness about the importance of securing cyberspace,” said NASCIO Executive Director Doug Robinson.

To learn more about how to participate in National Cyber Security Awareness Month, please visit

Meredith Ward
Director of Policy and Research
National Association of State Chief Information Officers