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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. Our vision is to spread awareness to federal employees around cyber specific topics and promote events across the federal landscape related to NCSAM.

The Program

Held throughout the month of October, will post information related to the “new work environment” themes:

  • Personal Device Security;
  • Securing the Home Network;
  • Social Engineering; and
  • Security in the age of Internet of Things (IoT).

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

Cybersecurity Awareness Month Kick-Off - Privacy, Access and Authentication

Week of October 12th: Network safety, Collaboration and Telework Best Practices

Week of October 19th: Social Engineering

Week of October 26th: Future of Connected Devices, The Internet of Things and Security


Tuesday, October 27 - Wednesday, October 28, 2020

USDA Cybersecurity Expo 2020

The USDA Cyber Security Expo is designed to engage and educate cybersecurity professionals and enthusiasts with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity and increasing the resiliency in the event of a cyber incident.

  • Speakers from government and academia and industry
  • Cyber escape rooms
  • Virtual exhibit hall
  • Live and on-demand sessions
  • Security improve live
  • Networking

Tuesday, October 27th from 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

Wednesday, October 28th from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm


Thursday, October 29, 2020

HACK - Helpful Applied Cyber Knowledge

In its fifth year, HACK aims to increase the knowledge of all technology users to be aware of the impact of potential threats they may unknowingly face as a result of their activities and behaviors online and offline at work and at home. 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. The event hosts today’s top industry exhibitors in a virtual exhibit hall. HACK will be held virtually from NRC Headquarters in Rockville, MD and will be streamed live to select audiences.

Monday, November 16 through Thursday, November 19, 2020

Department of Energy’s Cyber Fire Cybersecurity Competition

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 the United States Department of Energy National Laboratories. Open to government employees and held virtually from Nov.16 at 9 am EDT through Nov.19 at 5pm EDT. For questions about the event, email

Now - DEC, 2020

2019 President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition

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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