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President Obama designated October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month


Since its inception under leadership from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Cyber Security Alliance, National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) has grown exponentially, reaching consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation. In 2015, NCSAM will mark its 12th year. Starting in 2012, implemented the concept of themed weeks to focus awareness and education activities at specific populations such as home computer users or targeting a specific sector such as small and medium size business.

Since 2008 and the overall theme of the month has been “Our Shared Responsibility.” Starting 2010, most of the materials for the month also use STOP. THINK. CONNECT. messaging and branding to link the month’s activities with the larger cybersecurity efforts by the National Cyber Security Alliance and it’s partners.

The efforts of campaign have been far reaching. In 2014 NCSAM saw significant growth. Overall media impressions doubled to 1 billion in 2014 from 500 million in 2013. Unique articles grew to 994 an increase of 11% (2013= 894 online articles/print articles/blogs written 2013), the #NCSAM hash tag use grew by 169% from rising from 16,000 in 2013 to 43,000 in 2014. In 2014 we had 401 champions an increase of 16% from 2013.

Plans for 2016 are well underway. The year will have an emphasis on the Internet of Things. Websites related to the month include:


SANS organization


The SANS Institute <>  was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. 

Our training courses take place around the world - from America to London and Australia. An impressive 165,000+ security professionals make up our Alumni. At the heart of SANS is our team of expert Instructors <> , many whom are highly active security practitioners in various high profile global organisations, governments, corporations and universities. They work together to help the entire information security community. SANS recognises that non-technical individuals need training on awareness and compliance if information security is to be achieved across an entire organisation.

SANS Securing The Human <>  was created to provide computer based training for the end user (employees). The training product line has expanded to serve end users, developers, ICS engineers, utilities, and the healthcare market. We also now offer phishing testing as a complement to our current portfolio of security awareness products.

Follow us on Twitter : @SANSEMEA  







APWG organization


NGO Foundation, created in 2003 to focus on Phishing. Began collecting and exchanging event data and creating processes for tracking Phishing. Currently 1800+ companies, NGOs, government, law enforcement agencies, and treaty organizations worldwide.

Membership restricted to cybercrime stakeholders:

  • Financial institutions
  • ISPs
  • Technology companies
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Government agencies
  • Treaty organizations
  • E-commerce sites and solutions providers
  • Research partners - (CERTs, universities, industrial laboratories, volunteer responder organizations)


www.APWG.EU is its European Chapter, also a NGO non-profit foundation created in 2014. APWG.EU is a scientific research foundation which aims to provide focused RDI support to private industry by:

  1.  Developing RDI activities

› in consortium with other organizations:

     Universities, law enforcement, R&D centers, private companies

 2.  Creating a European trust network

› for sharing e-crime intelligence information and repositories of common interest information

 3.  Promoting best practices, guidelines, and knowledge

› in the areas of e-crime, phishing, malware, and other aspects related with the e-crime sectors

 4.  Organizing European counter-cybercrime events

› meetings, workshops, and scientific conferences