October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, an observance whose importance has grown exponentially since it was established in 2004.
The theme chosen by the USPS Corporate Information Security Office this year — Stay CyberSafe and Deliver for America — emphasizes the critical role cybersecurity plays in supporting the Delivering for America plan.
A good first step for postal employees is to go to the USPS CyberSafe page, which offers:
• Monthly awareness campaigns with posters, infographics, newsletters and other resources that explain cybersecurity best practices for work and home;
• CyberSafe Guardians, a resource hub for the volunteers who spread cybersecurity awareness best practices to their co-workers;
• Virtual awareness activities that provide prepackaged activities that can be tailored to individual teams to help instill best practices and USPS policy awareness;
• CyberSafe Studio, short and entertaining videos made by the USPS Training and Awareness team that put cyberthreats into real-life scenarios; and
• Incident reporting information for lost or stolen devices and for the Postal Service’s phishing initiative — Report to CyberSafe.
The CyberSafe team will update the site with additional materials related to the awareness month throughout October.