October Declared Delaware Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Register for Activities Statewide throughout October 2022
Dover, Del. — With recent global breaches and geopolitical cyber-attacks on the rise, Governor John Carney declared October as Delaware Cybersecurity Awareness Month to highlight the importance of education for citizens and businesses. With our current physical world intertwined with the digital world, basic cyber awareness is no longer an option to fight off bad actors. The disruption of access to financial, utility, or consumer services are no longer simply an inconvenience, but a risk for individuals’ privacy to be exposed and identities stolen. As a community, we must all be vigilant to protect our own and each other’s digital information. The Delaware Department of Technology and Information, along with its partners, have developed month-long activities for all ages to bring awareness of cyber threats, protection methods, and response actions. Cybersecurity Awareness Month is an opportunity to bring more focus and understanding of cybersecurity at different levels from basic to advanced. In the month of October, ALL Delaware citizens, students, business owners, and employees can participate in various events being offered throughout the State. These include presentations, educational workshops for seniors, on-site expert events, and conferences. As part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, DTI is also hosting our 13th Annual Secure Delaware workshop to provide training for citizens, businesses, students, and government employees. This free, in-person event will be held Tuesday, October 4th from 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the University of Delaware’s Clayton Hall. All activities and information on how to register can be found on DTI’s award-winning cyber website DigiKnow.Delaware.gov.
“It is more important now than ever for everyone to educate themselves on how to stay safe online and protect your data,” said Governor Carney. “To highlight the importance of education and awareness I have proclaimed October as Delaware Cybersecurity Awareness Month. I encourage everyone to take advantage of the free events available to safeguard your information and help keep Delaware secure.”
“Bad actors are working 24/7 to deceive people into providing sensitive information or gain access to critical data. According to Cybersecurity Ventures, cybercrime generates a profit of over $6 trillion and is expected to grow to $10.5 trillion by 2025,” said CIO Jason Clarke. “With Governor Carney’s support, DTI has planned multiple events throughout the State during the month of October, including our annual Secure Delaware Workshop scheduled for October 4th. This is the premier cyber event in Delaware where attendees can learn more about cybersecurity and identity protection, as well as speak directly to cyber experts. We encourage any Delaware resident, student, or employee to join us.”
While events are planned for all month, the 2022 Secure Delaware Cyber Workshop is an opportunity to come together for all-day cyber training and access to top cyber-protective vendors. Industry experts will be on-site to provide presentations and discussions related to the current landscape of cyber threats and related security mitigating strategies. The conference will include three keynote speakers, cyber students’ award ceremony, and choice of twelve unique cyber topics split into breakout sessions. Topics will range from current threats, newest cyber legislation, to the Anatomy of an Attack, and cyber protection strategies. Attendees will view presentations, network with other cyber professionals, and connect with vendors. These presentations will be made available post-event on the digiknow.delaware.gov website. The event is a partnership made available by the Delaware Department of Technology and Information, Delaware League of Local Governments, Delaware Small Business Development Center, JP Morgan Chase, and the University of Delaware.
To learn more about the cyber events happening in Delaware including Secure Delaware Workshop 2022 and registration information, please visit the event page at https://digiknow.dti.delaware.gov/events/. There is no cost to attend any of the State of Delaware’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month activities. Please note that registration is limited for each of the events and final registration to attend the Secure Delaware Workshop closes September 9.
For a complete list of other Delaware Cyber Security Awareness Month activities, please visit the events calendar at DigiKnow.delaware.gov.
About the Delaware Department of Technology and Information
The Department of Technology and Information (DTI) is the state’s central IT organization, chartered to deliver core services to other state organizations and exercise governance over the technology direction and investments of the state. DTI provides enterprise services that enable other organizations to effectively fulfill their missions.
Christina Dirksen, Strategic Communications Manager, DTI