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Online security takes center stage during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) serves as a national effort to help everyone prevent online fraud and avoid scams.

Each year, social engineering scams grow in complexity and frequency, which demonstrates that it’s likely not if, but when, you’ll be targeted. Cybercriminals are willing to use any trick to fool you, your family, friends and colleagues into handing over valuable personal, professional and company data.

While taking steps to stay cyber aware each day is important, October’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) serves as a national effort to help everyone prevent online fraud and avoid scams. Now in its 16th year, NCSAM’s overarching theme is “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.”

UMB is again a NCSAM champion in supporting this important online safety awareness and education initiative which is co-led by the National Cyber Security Alliance‡ and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security‡.

NCSAM is a collaborative effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations and individuals to encourage cybersecurity best practices and safety.

For more information about National Cyber Security Awareness Month and how to participate in a wide variety of activities, visit‡. You can also follow and use the official NCSAM hashtag #BeCyberSmart on social media throughout the month.

To demonstrate how we are connected online day-to-day, view this infographic showing devices that transmit data and how to keep them secure‡.

For resources and information on how UMB protects you, please visit the Security and Privacy page on

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