We know and understand that as a security awareness professional you most likely do not have the time nor resources to prepare for October’s , or as it’s known in Europe. That’s why for the fifth year in a row we have done all the hard work for you . The kit defines activities and provides resources for every day of the month, ensuring your program is a success and you are a hero.
WEEK 04: The theme for the fourth and final week of October is Safeguarding the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure. The goal of this week is to bring a focus on how the Internet is no longer just about data, but our physical world. Water treatment plants, power generation, transportation, agriculture and just about every other part of our lives are interconnected now. This means cybersecurity is no longer just about protecting data but about protecting the physical world we live in. To help people better understand the concepts of “Industrial Control Systems”, “Critical Infrastructure” or “Internet of Things (IoT)” we recommend you focus on Smart Home Devices. This way you are covering the same concepts but at a personal level since just about everyone has some type of device at home interconnected (thermostats, home speakers, gaming consoles, baby monitors, indoor lighting, door locks, etc).
If you have not done so yet, review the and identify the activities and resources you want to leverage for this week. For Monday, start by using the communications template to let people know what to expect this week and WHY they should care. Once again, for engagement we recommend focusing on the personal hook, the devices in their homes. For Tuesday distribute the . For Wed, have a . Don’t have time or could not find a guest speaker? Check out all the alternative options we provide in the . On Thursday cover one of the key steps to securing smart devices, changing default passwords and replacing them with . Finally, on Friday introduce people to the program so they can stay current and update with the latest tips long after October is done.
As always, if you want to mix things up be sure to check out the Optional Activities reference in the for additional / different ideas you can use also. If you have any questions about leveraging the NCSAM Planning Kit, just reach out to me at .