White House Designates October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

President Biden designated October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month and encouraged the public and private sectors to take immediate action to protect against cyber threats in a White House press release. Cyberattacks affect our day-to-day lives, our economy, and our national security. By destroying, corrupting, or stealing information from our computer systems and networks, they can impact electric grids and fuel pipelines, hospitals and police departments, businesses and schools, and many other critical services that Americans trust and rely on every day. Cybersecurity is not limited to Government or critical infrastructure.  Hackers target Americans every day, and cybersecurity is about protecting the American people and the services we rely on. This year’s theme is “See Yourself in Cyber.” The HHS 405(d) Program and Task Group released a Cybersecurity Awareness Month toolkit for healthcare organizations in particular. The toolkit entails four emails and four social posts that can be distributed within healthcare organizations to raise cyber awareness. Learn more on Cybersecurity Awareness Month on healthitsecurity.com.

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