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Council Programs and Events

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

The Vision

Held every October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online.

The Program

Held throughout the month of October will post information related to the following themes:

  • Mobile Device Security;
  • Wi-fi Hot spots and Traveling;
  • Phishing; and
  • Home Security for Teleworking.

We will feature one-pagers for each theme authored by agencies, blog posts from CISO Council leadership, short video blogs, and various cybersecurity events hosted by agencies. Resources

Week of September 30th: Kick-Off

Week of October 7th: Mobile Security

Week of October 14th: Wifi Hotspots & Travel

Week of October 21st: Phishing

Week of October 28th: Securing the Home Network for Telework


Department of Energy’s Cyber Fire Cybersecurity Competition

Oct 10-11, 2019

Build technical skills for cyber incident response and collaborate with others in the field to expand your network within the cybersecurity community. Cyber Fire events are led by expert security investigators from United States Department of Energy National Laboratories. Open to government employees and held virtually from Oct. 10 at 11am EDT through Oct. 11 at 3pm EDT. For questions about the event, email

DOJ Federal Incident Response (IR) Phishing Challenge

Thursday, OCT 17, 2019

Federal personnel are invited to participate in the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Federal Incident REsponse (IR) Phishing Challenge! The challenge provides an opportunity to practice technical cybersecurity and incident response skills. Register by emailing your name, title, and agency to by noon (EST) on Thursday, October 17.

ACT-IAC: Cyber CIO Meeting

Friday, OCT 18, 2019

Join the Cyber COI to hear from Venice Goodwine, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Also learn about current and upcoming COI projects and how you can be involved. Held at 1250 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC from 11am-12pm EDT.

HACK 2019: National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Seminar

Tuesday, OCT 29, 2019

This half day seminar features dynamic speakers from government, education, and industry discussing a wide range of current technologies and the cybersecurity challenges that come with them. Held at NRC Headquarters from 9am-1:30pm EDT.

2019 President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition

Now - DEC, 2019

Established in response to Executive Order 13870, the President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition is a national cyber competition aiming to identify, recognize, and reward the best cybersecurity talent in the federal executive workforce. Hosting challenges from across the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Framework, competitors will face a diverse array of challenges and will require an extensive skill set to succeed. Registration is closed.

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