Cyber Hawaii-October 2023 Newsletter.

"October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month."

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October 2023

Special Newsletter

October 02, 2023

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month



With Cybersecurity Awareness Month upon us, I wanted to remind everyone that there are many resources out there that can be used to keep our small business partners and our family/friends safe when they venture online. While we talk about the intricacies of the last cyber threat actors and how they take advantage of vulnerabilities found in even our security products as part of our jobs, it’s important to remember that much of this discussion goes over the heads of many of our employees and members of the public. Speaking in a language that lay people can understand is critical, whether it's to small businesses, employees or family and friends.


Per CISA, this year’s theme for Cyber Security Awareness Month is “secure our world”, which on the surface seems like a pretty ambitious goal. The world is so complex and contains a seemingly limitless number of vulnerabilities that setting such a broad goal might seem daunting to most. 


Their description goes on to say, however, that one of the keys is for us is to focus on things we can do every day to improve, rather than get intimidated by the big picture. By doing this we build security into our everyday lives and makes it less of a “technical” topic we need to be intimidated by. This approach also reminds everyone that there is always something they can do to make themselves, their business and their family safer.


CISA has focused on the following four security controls


  •   Strong Passwords
  •   Use of Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
  •   Recognition and Reporting of Phishing attacks
  •   Patch Management


During the month of October, take a moment to talk to someone you don’t normally talk to about one or more of these topics and encourage them to build them into their every day routine. By doing this we’ll hopefully get everyone to realize that security is a shared responsibility and this will perhaps move us forward towards the aspirational goal to “secure our world.”





In recognition of their 20th year, CISA announced a new enduring cybersecurity awareness program, Secure Our World. Secure Our World reflects a new enduring message to be integrated across the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) awareness campaigns and programs, and encourages all of us to take action each day to protect ourselves when online or using connected devices.


The program promotes behavioral change across the Nation, with a particular focus on how individuals, families and small to medium-sized businesses can Secure Our World by focusing on the four critical actions below. Secure Our World is the theme for this year’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month and will remain the enduring theme for future awareness month campaigns.

CyberSecure My Business™ is a national program helping small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) learn to be safer and more secure online.

The program is a series of in-person, highly interactive and easy-to-understand workshops based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework to educate the SMB community about:

  • Identifying and understanding which business assets (“digital crown jewels”) others want
  • Learning how to protect those assets
  • Detecting when something has gone wrong
  • Responding quickly to minimize impact and implement an action plan
  • Learning what resources are needed to recover after a breach

CyberSecure My Business™ is a program offered by the National Cybersecurity Alliance, a non-profit whose mission is to make the online space a safer place.

Cyber Readiness Institute

The Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI) is a national non-profit that provides information for small businesses on how to implement a secure information technology infrastructure by focusing on four core security controls. CyberHawaii continues to partner with this organization to provide training and certifications to SMB’s in Hawaii. Apple and Microsoft have adopted CRI’s training material for their own use with their suppliers.

Hawaii State Cybersecurity Program Plan

Hawaii Department of Defense

Office of Homeland Security (OHS)

Planning & Operations Branch

CyberHawaii is currently participating in the process to define and implement the state cybersecurity program plan.

Threat Assessment Grant

University of Hawaii West Oahu

The grants awarded to the University of Hawaii West Oahu by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security focus on raising awareness of threat assessment techniques and the establishment of threat assessment teams to help prevent domestic terrorism actions. CyberHawaii participated in this training.

Bachelor’s in Cybersecurity

University of Hawaii West Oahu

The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity provides students with an advanced cybersecurity education in information security, mathematics, computer science, and computer engineering. This technical cybersecurity degree program prepares students to meet the advanced cybersecurity workforce requirements of public sector agencies and private sector enterprises. Degrees include:

        AS degree in CSNT at Honolulu Community College

        AS in ICS at Leeward Community College

        AS in Information Technology at Kapi‘olani Community College

        AS in Natural Science with a concentration in Information and Communication Technology at

Windward Community College

The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity offers a concentration in Cyber Operations.

Information Technology & Cybersecurity Fundamentals

Kapiolani Community College

Introduction to IT and A+ Certification Exam Prep

This course prepares those with little or no Information Technology (IT) experience and interested in taking the CompTIA A+ Certification Exam which can lead to entry-level support positions in IT such as a Help Desk Specialist, IT Support Specialist, and IT Business Analyst.

Cyber Fundamentals and Security+ Certification Exam Prep

This course is to prepare those interested in developing entry-level skills, knowledge and ability to protect and defend the network systems in a cybersecurity environment and interested in taking the CompTIA Security + Certification Exam which can lead to an entry-level position such as an Information Security Analyst.

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