Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online. Each October, University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) and its Center for Security Studies (CSS) proudly champion and celebrate this essential online safety, awareness, and education initiative.
October 2023 marks 20 years of Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This year's theme—“Secure Our World”—highlights important behaviors and practices we can implement to protect our data online and become more responsible digital citizens in our personal, social, and professional lives.
October 2023 Cybersecurity Awareness Month Events
See below for descriptions and registration information for this month's events. We have highlighted UMGC-hosted events as well as relevant events from leading cybersecurity organizations participating in Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2023.
Cybersecurity Here and Beyond!
As 2023 draws to a close, we commemorate 20 years of Cybersecurity Awareness Month! In honor of this milestone, our presenters looked at how far security education and awareness has come in that time, and where it needs to go to fulfill our vision of a secure interconnected world. Our expert panel of UMGC experts included:
- James Roberston, program director, cyber devops
- Patrick Appiah-Kubi, program director, cloud computing, cybersecurity, and computer networking
- Jesse Varsalone, collegiate associate professor, cybersecurity technology
This event took place Thursday, Oct. 12, Noon–1 p.m. ET online via Zoom.
Pen Testing/Hacking IoT Devices
Jesse Varsalone, UMGC collegiate associate professor in cybersecurity technology, hosted a "Tech Talk" presentation on penetration testing of ICS/SCADA/IoT devices. After exploiting the device, Varsalone reviewed artifacts left by the attacker and discussed remediation techniques to secure these types of devices.
The event was hosted by MISI, a Maryland-based cybersecurity nonprofit, and took place Monday, Oct. 16, Noon–1 p.m. ET online via Zoom.
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is an approach to verifying user identity using at least one method of authentication. It is a security measure that acts as an extra layer of defense, preventing unauthorized users from accessing confidential information. Todd Pearce, manager of IT security operations at UMGC, discussed this important tool in securing user identities and access management.
This event took place Friday, Oct. 20, Noon–1 p.m. ET online via Zoom.
Level Up Your Cyber Game:
- Tuesday, Oct. 3, 3–4 p.m. ET
- Hosted by the NCA
- Attendees joined us for a turbocharged webinar gameshow and tested their cyber skills! They took part in thrilling challenges and strategic quandaries and learned essential info and practical techniques to safeguard their digital lives.
20 Years of Cyber Awareness Month:
- Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2–3:30 p.m. ET
- Hosted by the NCA
- We've come a long way in 20 years, but we still have more to do. We must secure technology, protect critical infrastructure, and bridge the cyber career gap. Event attendees joined elected officials, government leaders, and industry executives to examine the road ahead.
2023 USDA Cybersecurity Expo:
- Tuesday, Oct. 3–Wednesday, Oct. 4, 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m. ET (both days)
- Hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Event participants chose from more than 25 info sessions presented by industry experts. They learned about the development of the cyber workforce, AI, cyber modernization, and more.
NCA Cybersecurity Event:
- Wednesday, Oct. 18, Noon–1 p.m. ET
- Hosted by the NCA
- Our expert panelists discussed public attitudes and beliefs about cybersecurity.
Maryland STEM Festival:
- Oct. 13–Nov. 11
- The Maryland STEM Festival is a month-long celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Attendees chose from hundreds of events throughout Maryland focused on fun, interactive STEM learning opportunities.