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Cyber security is for life, not just October

Opinion

08:00 Thursday, 28 October 2021

UK Cyber Security Council

October 2021 has been this year's Cyber Security Awareness Month (CSAM). And, in the view of the Council, this is a great thing: it gives the cyber sector the opportunity to distract people, for a few weeks, from the day-to-day mundanity of checking emails for signs of phishing. Instead, we can point them towards interesting articles and other materials that have been put together by a diverse collection of groups and people in order to make the most of this month-long spell of looking more directly in the direction of cyber security.

Of course, October soon ends and, with it, CSAM. And the risk is that everyone returns to the aforementioned mundanity and wait eleven months for next October to come around. What we in the cyber sector need to ask ourselves is: how do we make security interesting throughout the year? True: for the last 18 months or so it has been nigh on impossible to make any progress in this sense – while everyone was stuck at home and online meetings became the primary medium for communication, we were kind of scuppered.

But things are changing for the better, and our range of opportunities is starting to expand once more. We can do in-person talks, we can get together to make entertaining videos, we can put up screens around the office showing fun security stuff, we can do “lunch and learn” Q&A sessions.

The sector has shown it can be creative for October. So let’s take the next step and be creative for the other eleven months too.