October is recognized as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) in the United States. This annual campaign is a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure that individuals and organizations have the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online. The campaign is typically led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
Throughout the month of October, NCSAM aims to raise awareness about cybersecurity and provide information and resources to help individuals, businesses, and organizations protect themselves from cyber threats. It focuses on various themes and topics related to cybersecurity, such as online safety, data protection, and best practices for securing digital assets.
NCSAM encourages individuals to take steps to enhance their online security, such as using strong, unique passwords, enabling multi-factor authentication, regularly updating software and systems, and being cautious about phishing attempts and other cyber threats.
The specific themes and activities for NCSAM may vary from year to year, but the overarching goal remains the same: to promote cybersecurity awareness and empower people to be more proactive in protecting their digital lives. It's a good opportunity for individuals and organizations to assess their cybersecurity practices and make necessary improvements.
2023 marks the 20th Cybersecurity Awareness Month campaign, and we are celebrating with a new, year-round awareness campaign and evergreen Cybersecurity Awareness Month theme, created by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Secure Our World.
Secure Our Worldis here to remind us that there are simple ways to protect yourself, your family and your business from online threats.
Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2023 and Secure Our World will focus on four key behaviors:
Today, Building Automation Systems (BAS) play a vital role in enabling buildings to facilitate our increasing reliance on the indoor environment. At the same time, BAS and IT infrastructures are merging and creating concerns that BAS becomes the unprotected cybersecurity attack surface that can cause economic, public relation, and safety havoc to enterprise systems and occupants alike.
Having benefited from “security through obscurity” for decades, the BAS industry is now in need of a broad security framework that leverages IT security techniques and best practices to address the unique needs of BAS vendors, integrators, as well as building owners and managers.
SBC takes a holistic view of security, providing a secure and interoperable management layer on top of BACnet/SC. Devices that are SbC-managed enable them to be securely installed, authenticated, and authorized to be part of the network. Managed devices can also be securely configured using interoperable tools from the appropriate tool and application vendors. Ongoing device and system management are also enabled by the Secured by Cimetrics framework, including communication configuration; backup/restore; software updates; network/device event logging; and integration with IT and enterprise tools, services and applications. Secured by Cimetrics provides tools for building systems engineers as well as IT and security organizations to engineer, manage, and operate their automation systems’ cybersecurity defenses.
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