Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2020

A Global Kick-off



The COVID-19 pandemic affected our digital lives in in previously unfathomable ways. This spring, workers moved out of office buildings and established workplaces in their homes, conducting “business as usual” from makeshift desks and repurposed spaces. At their side, school-age children were attempting to plug into virtual learning environments. Birthday parties and game nights evolved into online events and telemedicine became the norm.

The list goes on…

These dramatic shifts in “normal” activities forced organizations to overhaul their cybersecurity policies and budget for new or expanded technology to support the migrations of their most valuable assets – people. As we begin to grow accustomed to this new way of living and working – which isn’t so unfathomable anymore – October provides an opportunity to start readdressing cybersecurity best practices with our employees, their families, our customers/patients/clients/consumers and communities.

During the Month of October

Cybersecurity Awareness Month provides an opportunity for organizations like Optiv to spread hard-won industry expertise on topics relevant not only to cybersecurity practitioners and executives but also to digital citizens across the globe. Many types of resources will be shared this month. If you don’t yet have plans for promoting awareness within your organization, here are a few ideas:


  • Launch a set of video-conferencing backgrounds specific to Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
  • Share messages about cybersecurity through all of your organization’s communication channels, including those that are external.
  • Take free resources on relevant topics such as phishing, secure passwords and social engineering and share them in a weekly newsletter.
  • Conduct a refresher training on digital hygiene or Simple Steps for Online Safety.*
  • Host a weekly game of Kahoot (a personal favorite) with cybersecurity quiz questions.
  • Share relevant cybersecurity statistics in an all-hands call, reinforcing the importance of everyone doing their part in strengthening the organization’s security posture.


Each year, this list will change – and the more creative and engaging you can make it for the people in your organization the more effective it will be. If not for social distancing, the list might include door/cube decorating competitions, lunch and learns, raffles and giveaways in the breakroom, posters, etc. It’s never too early to plan for next year, so start generating ideas now.

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Source: OPTIV

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