October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a collaborative effort to help everyone stay safer and be more secure online. This year’s theme, “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart,” calls for individuals and organizations to do their part to make our digital world “safer and more resilient for everyone.”
The I Am The Cavalry initiative and those who participate have gone beyond awareness and toward action in the past year, including:
- Working with the hacker community, government agencies, and healthcare organizations during the coronavirus pandemic, through conversations with Threatpost, CyberScoop, The Washington Post, Search Health IT, Nextgov, and GovInfo Security.
- Helping lead a Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) task force protecting the COVID-19 vaccine supply chain from cyber threats, urging “cybersecurity diligence at each step in the vaccine supply chain,” in a statement to The New York Times.
- Hacking a pacemaker and discussing the process with the World Economic Forum to demonstrate the security vulnerabilities of connected medical devices.
- Leading a ‘hacking demystified” session at the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) summer conference bringing together the security research community and state government leaders for hands-on education.
- Forecasting hackers’ next targets, including schools and cars.
- Sharing expertise around the hack of a water treatment plant in Florida and the IoT threat landscape.
We encourage those who are concerned for the security impacts on human life and public safety to continue progress toward ensuring that these systems are worthy of the trust we place in them. Safer. Sooner. Together.