Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Held every October, Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CSAM) is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity, and ensure all Americans have the resources they need to be safe and secure online.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2021 encourages all users to own their role in protecting connected devices: “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.”

Fast facts:

  • The average total cost of a data breach in 2020 was $3.86 million and took an average of 280 days to identify and contain. (IBM)
  • The use of new breach techniques has boomed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with 35% of breaches having leveraged new techniques in 2020. (Cynet)
  • 88% of data breaches are caused by human error. (Tessian)

LMU is proud to be a champion and support this online safety and education initiative this October.

Week Three: Careers in Cybersecurity

Becoming a cybersecutiy professional will provide you or your students with a secure career in a growing field. Explore the link above or those below for career opportunities and additional information. 
Fast Facts: 
  • 80% of companies say they have a hard time finding and hiring security talent. (Gartner)
  • By 2029, the cybersecurity job market is set to grow by 31%. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Application Development Security, DevSecOps, Container Security, Microservices Security and Application Security Code Review are set to be the most in demand cybersecurity skills over the next five years. (Burning Glass)

Previous Weeks Themes

Week 1: Own Your Role in Cybersecurity

As our lives have become increasingly dependent on technology, virtually all personal and business data is kept on internet-connected platforms, which can become a gold mine for bad actors. Own your role in cybersecurity by starting with the basics. Creating strong passwords and using multifactor authentication, backing up your data, and updating your software are great places to start. This is a great way to Do Your Part #BeCyberSmart!

Learn more about doing your part to protect the LMU community online

Fast Facts:

  • 61% of data breaches used compromised credentials. (Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report)
  • 56% of IT leaders believe their employees have picked up bad cybersecurity behaviors since working from home. (Tessian)
  • More than 99.9% of Microsoft enterprise accounts that get invaded by attackers didn’t use multi-factor authentication. (ZDNet)


Week Two: Fight the Phish!

Phishing attacks and scams have thrived since the COVID pandemic began in 2020 and today, phishing attacks account for more than 80 percent of reported security incidents. Be wary of emails, text messages or chat boxes that come from a stranger or someone you were not expecting. Think before you click on any suspicious emails, links or attachments and make sure to report any suspicious emails if you can!
For everything you need to know, visit LMU's Phishing page.
Fast Facts: 
  • Malware increased by 358% in 2020. (Help Net Security)
  • According to the FBI, phishing was the most common type of cybercrime in 2020, with the bureau receiving 241,342 complaints in 2020. (FBI)
  • Phishing attacks account for more than 80 percent of reported security incidents. (Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report)