Gov. Polis Kicks Off 18th Annual Cybersecurity Awareness Month

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DENVER — Today, Governor Polis kicked off the 18th annual national Cybersecurity Awareness Month by issuing a proclamation and video message stressing the importance of practicing good cyber habits in today’s digital and largely remote world.

In the first six months of 2021 there were 1,767 publicly reported breaches, exposing an astounding 18.8 billion records.1 The hard truth is that many of these breaches could have been prevented if cybersecurity best practices were followed. 

Because security is everyone’s responsibility, the Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) will be providing tips on social media throughout Cybersecurity Awareness Month to help Coloradans keep their digital lives secure all year long. Follow OIT on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn to learn how to reduce cybersecurity risks at home and in the workplace.

“With the COVID-19 pandemic, more people than ever have had to rely on their home computers and networks,” says William Chumley, interim Chief Information Security Officer at OIT. “Cybercriminals count on us becoming complacent and this month reminds us to be diligent and always practice good cyber habits.” 

Launched in 2004, Cybersecurity Awareness Month is observed every October to bring more awareness around cyber threats and how to stay safer and more secure online. The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) encourage both people and organizations to take proactive steps to improve and be accountable for their part in cyberspace. 

For more tips and facts on how to stay safe online at work and home, please visit Stay Safe Online and Stop Think Connect.

Remember: “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.


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