NCSAM 2020

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

PureVPN is a driving force and front-seat advocate for online privacy and security. In line with the vision of keeping the Internet a safer place for netizens, PureVPN proudly acknowledges and supports NCSAM’s theme:

Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart

NCSAM’s History

National Cyber Security Awareness Month, better known as NCSAM, is a month dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of cybersecurity.

It takes place in October of each year and aims to highlight the dangers lurking on the web and the precautions users must take to browse the web securely.

NCSAM began in 2004 by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Since its inception, the movement has spread to multiple countries where a secure Internet message is much needed. This year marks the 17th anniversary of the campaign.

NCSAM Logo

NCSAM 2020 Timeline

Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.

The theme is a bold step towards realizing the importance of cybersecurity and why it’s much needed now more than ever. PureVPN, in support of NCSAM, aims to encourage individuals and organizations to own their part in protecting the netizens and making the Internet a safe place.

The event stresses the need for personal responsibility and the significance of taking measures to improve cybersecurity. With a strong emphasis on “If You Connect It, Protect It,” every user on the Internet has an obligation to be aware of the dangers lurking on the web and take proactive steps to secure their digital life.

To support the cause, use the hashtag #BeCyberSmart to show your involvement in raising cybersecurity awareness. Your part matters!

NCSAM Timeline

Why Your Cybersecurity Matters

These are the reasons why you should be concerned about your cybersecurity:

  • Cyber Terrorism - violent acts are carried out that can result in significant harm.
  • Cybercrime - noteworthy increase in the number of cases due to digitization.
  • Reputation Loss - it takes years to build trust and only seconds to destroy it, but forever to repair it.
  • Hackers are becoming more cunning.
  • IoT is growing exponentially.
  • The rising cost of data breaches.
  • Your personal lives are not so private anymore; stalkers are always watching you.
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Consequences of Weak Cybersecurity

A total of 3,800 data breaches were reported in 2019 and 2020 alone, a 50% increase over the last four years. These data breaches cost individuals and businesses billions of dollars in total. A recent report suggests that each data breach costs an average of $8.19 million. With that in mind, 2019 saw data breaches costing users over $31 billion.

The recent Twitter hack of prominent personalities such as Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and several others shows the magnitude of data breaches. Popular video communications app, Zoom, also experienced a data breach where 500,000 login credentials were up for sale on the dark web.

If you haven’t been a part of a data breach, consider yourself lucky. Apart from data breaches, users commonly fall prey to social engineering attacks such as phishing, smishing, and vishing. The cybersecurity realm aims to educate users to be aware of their surroundings and make conscious decisions to stay secure on the web.

Here’s an illustration of the annual number of data breaches and exposed records in the US from 2005 to 2019 (in millions)

Consequences of Weak Cybersecurity

PureVPN’s Mission:

Securing Netizens

PureVPN is proud to be a part of the cybersecurity industry for over a decade, and the choice of online privacy and security of 3million+ users. PureVPN’s operations are end-to-end encrypted, and it has been audited by independent agencies as ‘No-Log Certified.’

PureVPN feels that it is its responsibility to spread awareness to keep netizens safe. This means educating users with ever-evolving threats on the Internet via a series of educational resources.

Creating a safe Cybersphere for Netizens

Creating a Safe
Cybersphere for Netizens

PureVPN has 2,000+ servers in 180 locations. All operations are managed by over 200 awesomely-talented people all around the world. The team is committed to PureVPN’s mission of making the Internet a safer place for people of all ages. We are making your everyday internet experience better by:

  • Being a strong advocate of Internet freedom & equality
  • Covering your digital footprints by assigning you a temporary virtual identity.
  • Enabling you instant access to restricted content.
  • Encrypting your communication over the Internet.
  • Protecting your online activities by hiding your identity.
  • Keeping your business communication and data secure.
Creating a safe cybersphere for Neyizens

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