Louisville Metro Government Observes National CyberSecurity Awareness Month

October 27, 2015

Recognizing the importance of cybersecurity awareness, President Obama designated October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). Now in its 12th year, NCSAM is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its public and private partners, including Louisville Metro Government (LMG), to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. 

Increasing cybersecurity awareness is a key part of providing LMG employees and citizens with a safe and secure computing environment.  The occurrence of cyber-attacks and related data breaches increases from year to year.  In 2014 alone, there were 312 data breaches exposing the personal and financial information of 348 million people worldwide and costing an average of $3.5 million dollars each.  The one common element is that many of these attacks started when an individual didn’t recognize the signs and lost a password, clicked a malicious link, or opened an infected file.  The Louisville Metro Government CyberSecurity Awareness  program is designed to minimize the chances of this occurring within Metro Government.

The goal of this program was to not only inform employees but to also cause them to stop and think about how their actions play vital role in securing Metro Government’s network. Each week in October Metro Government CyberSecurity presented a different topic related to NCSAM using a variety of means: videos, social media, newsletters, blog posts to the city's public website, and online training offerings.  The culminating event for the month was an interactive social engineering campaign designed to test if Metro Government employees could recognize an obvious phishing attempt.  This was done using an email sent to all users that contained obvious signs of malicious intent, with the results providing a snapshot of the true level of cybersecurity awareness in LMG.

The activities this month will serve as a springboard to a yearlong program, giving LMG employees quarterly reminder of the importance of cybersecurity awareness.  

For more information on National CyberSecurity Awareness Month, go to https://www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month