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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Halloween Safety, National Infrastructure Month

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Wrapping up National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is almost over. Cybersecurity Awareness Month focuses on:

  • Making Your Home a Haven for Online Safety. Online safety begins at home. Teach children how to be safe when they use the Internet.
  • Educating for a Career in Cybersecurity. There are so many opportunities to get involved in cybersecurity. Whether still in school or looking for a change, there are many well-paying and rewarding careers in cybersecurity.
  • Ensuring Online Safety at Work. We're all responsible for protecting our organization's online security.
  • Safeguarding the Nation's Critical Infrastructure . There are 16 critical infrastructure sectors that are important for the Nations' security and safety. These sectors rely on the Internet, and we all play a role in keeping the sectors safe.

DHS encourages everyone to Stop.Think.Connect. when you use the Internet. To get tips and resources to be safer online, visit .


Stay Safe This Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner! Whether you're lighting a jack-o-lantern or making costumes, use these tips to make your Halloween safe and fun.

  • Use flashlights or battery-operated candles for Halloween decorations.
  • Keep Halloween decorations away from open flames, light bulbs, and heaters. Decorations like cornstalks and crepe paper can catch on fire easily.
  • Look for “Flame Resistant” or “Flame Retardant” labels on costumes because candles and flammable costumes can be a dangerous combination. If you make costumes at home, choose flame-resistant fabrics like nylon and polyester.
  • Always have an adult go along with children when trick or treating.
  • Use sidewalks when trick or treating. Cross only at street corners and crosswalks.

To learn more about the causes of Halloween-related fires, visit .


Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month

Next month is Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month!

There are 16 critical infrastructure sectors that are important for the safety and security of the United States. These sectors include the power we use at home, the water we drink, transportation that gets us from place to place, and the Internet and communications networks we use to reach friends and family. We all play a part in keeping these sectors safe.

Get involved by learning more about critical infrastructure, cybersecurity efforts, and other initiatives by visiting . Join the conversation on social media by following @Citizen_Corps, @Prepareathon, and using #infrastructure to post your own tips and news.


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