Governor Greg Gianforte Proclaims October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month



2023 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a global effort to help everyone stay safe and protected when using technology whenever and however you connect. Montana State Information Technology Services Division is proud to champion this online safety and education initiative this October.

All month long, we are promoting these key behaviors to encourage every employee to take control of their online lives. There are all kinds of ways to stay safe and secure online but even just practicing these cybersecurity basics can make a huge difference:

  1. Use Strong Passwords and a Password Manager
  2. Turn on Multifactor Authentication
  3. Recognize and Report Phishing
  4. Update Your Software

The cybersecurity and digital privacy of our employees and citizens is important to the State of Montana. SITSD is committed to providing resources for you to stay safe online at work and at home.

Spread the word! We want to help you, your family, friends, and our community stay safe all year long, too. We encourage you to partner with CISA for Cybersecurity Awareness Month by emailing and signing up as an individual Cybersecurity Awareness Month Champion. After signing up, you’ll receive a toolkit of free resources, including simple steps you can take to #SecureOurWorld.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month is co-managed by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and National Cybersecurity Alliance. For more information about ways to keep you and your family safe online visit and


Cybersecurity Awareness Open Office Hours

Chris Santucci, Interim Chief Information Security Officer, is hosting open cybersecurity office hours for State employees to answer questions about cybersecurity. October 23-27, you can join Chris from 12-1 p.m. to ask your questions about staying safe online at work and at home. Choose a day that works best for your schedule and bring your burning cybersecurity questions!

 To ensure that participants can ask questions openly, each office hour will be limited to 75 participants.

Monday, October 23

Tuesday, October 24

Wednesday, October 25

Thursday, October 26

Friday, October 27


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