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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), a nationwide effort to raise awareness of cybersecurity issues.

Cybersecurity affects everyone, so we've rounded up practical tips, career planning tools, and hands-on training opportunities for IT professionals and everyday technology users alike.

"If You Connect It, Protect It"

IT professionals aren't the only ones with a role to play in cybersecurity.

If you use a device that is connected to the internet, you need to worry about cybersecurity, too. That's why one of the goals of NCSAM is to remind all of us: "If you connect it, protect it."

The good news is: we can all take simple steps to protect ourselves, at home and in the workplace. Check out the helpful tip sheets from the National Cybersecurity Alliance for advice on everything from passwords to smart devices to social media. 

Explore Cybersecurity Careers

According to, employers are "struggling to fill" more than 330,000 cybersecurity job openings. This creates enormous hiring challenges for employers, but it is good news for those who already have IT security skills. 

If you are interested in entering the IT security field, Cyberseek offers a handy interactive tool to explore cybersecurity careers: the Cybersecurity Career Pathway includes common paths into cybersecurity roles, plus salary information and the skills and credentials typically needed for various roles.

Learn Cyber Defense Skills

University of Arizona Continuing & Professional Education offers a variety of IT security trainings, including practical, hands-on cyber defense skills training.

The Computer Security training program is designed by University of Arizona faculty to equip participants with the real-world skills employers are looking for. The fully online course includes hands-on labs, so you can practice using a variety of cyber defense tools for network and computer monitoring, intrusion detection and prevention and more.

Get an Advanced Credential

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) is one of the most sought-after IT credentials in the world.

This internationally-recognized advanced credential from (ISC)² verifies your ability to design, implement and manage information security systems. CISSP also meets the requirements of DoD Directive 8570.

If you are an experienced IT security professional, get ready to pass the difficult CISSP exam with a one-week intensive live online CISSP Exam Prep, November 16-20.

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Whether you are looking to start a career in IT, or you have years of experience and want to earn an advanced credential, we have a training program for you.

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