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By Bruce Sussman
Mon | Nov 4, 2019 | 10:58 AM PST

It seems like virtually everyone was exposed to National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) during October. 

Messages to customers about NCSAM arrived from banks, government agencies, and many household names in retail.

Plus, most of the security leaders I've spoken with promoted the security awareness month within their organization. 

However, many are surprised to learn that October is not the only cybersecurity themed month in the United States. 

Focus: National Infrastructure Security Month

November is another cybersecurity focused month called National Infrastructure Security Month.

President Trump just signed an official proclamation regarding November 2019: 

"This month, we reaffirm our commitment to developing new strategies to address the ever-present and increasingly complex threats facing our Nation's infrastructure, and we pay tribute to the men and women who work diligently to safeguard the United States from any threat."

CISA, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency within DHS, explains the cyber part of this declaration:

"Infrastructure Security Month is an annual effort to educate and engage the private sector, all levels of government, and the American public about the vital role critical infrastructure plays to our Nation's well-being and why it is important to strengthen critical infrastructure security and resilience."

Defining the infrastructure which must be secured

How is CISA defining critical infrastructure? Quite broadly.

This is because digital transformation has made nearly every system, and things we do each day, dependent on some other system. 

"Our Nation relies on critical infrastructure for how we travel; communicate with our friends, family, coworkers, and customers; conduct business; handle money; obtain clean, safe food and water; and conduct additional important daily functions. Managing risks to critical infrastructure involves preparing for all hazards, reinforcing the resilience of our assets and networks, and staying ever-vigilant and informed.

America's national security and economic prosperity are increasingly dependent upon critical infrastructure that is at risk from a variety of hazards, including cyberattacks."

Resources for Infrastructure Security Month

CISA has created some great tools for Infrastructure Security Month which you and your organization can use.

Called the Infrastructure Security Month 2019 Toolkit, it contains security best practices, helpful links, and even a proclamation you can use in your town or organization.

PDF resource: Infrastructure Security Month 2019 Toolkit (CISA)

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