20th Anniversary of Cybersecurity Awareness Month in 2023

It is hard to believe that we are celebrating the 20th Cybersecurity Awareness Month! Since 2004, the President of the United States and Congress have declared the month of October to be Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This month has grown into a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity.

I read today that the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) established the theme “Secure Our World” for Cybersecurity Awareness Month in 2023. Secure Our World perfectly conveys the changes being implemented in the updated NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NCSF) 2.0 revision to be released in early 2024. The world’s leading cybersecurity guidance gets its first complete makeover since its release nearly a decade ago.

According to The NIST Cybersecurity Framework 2.0 Initial Public Draft, the original emphasis on security U.S. critical infrastructure has been modified to focus on organizations all around the world to reflect the broad and international use of the Framework.

As with older versions, the NIST Cybersecurity Framework 2.0 should be used in conjunction with other resources to better manage cybersecurity risks. The outcomes are based on and are mapped to existing global standards, guidelines, and practices. Public and private sectors can use the Framework to efficiently scale their cybersecurity programs, address the dynamic and global nature of cybersecurity risks, and adapt to technological advances and business and legal requirements.

We are excited to share more information on additional changes expected to the existing NIST Cybersecurity Framework version 1.1 during our free webinar scheduled October 24, 2023. This webinar is designed for individuals who have experience with the current version of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and want to see what’s new, or those who aren’t using the NIST CSF and want to know what is coming. Learn more about our upcoming webinar and register to attend.

-Margaret Teague