Cybersecurity display at DOE HQ

Every October, the Department of Energy joins other Federal Departments and Agencies to participate in Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Now in its 18th year, Cybersecurity Awareness Month continues to raise awareness of the importance of cybersecurity across our Nation by providing Americans with educational resources needed to be safer while online.

The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency and the National Cyber Security Alliance are proud to announce this year’s theme, “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart,” emphasizing our personal responsibility to enhance cybersecurity. Take a moment to watch the S2’s kick-off video and thank you for participating in Cybersecurity Awareness Month!

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Deputy Secretary David Turk & Ann Dunkin, Chief Information Officer - YouTube

This year’s theme is ‘Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart,’ which aims to highlight security vulnerabilities while offering actionable tips and guidance focused on steps anyone can take to protect their organization and personal information. Everyone has a responsibility to do their part in securing our interconnected world.

Throughout Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we will focus on the key topic areas of:

  • Recognizing and reporting phishing attempts, whether it’s through email, text messages, or chat boxes.
  • Protecting yourself from ransomware attacks by verifying email senders, keeping your device’s security patches and anti-virus software up-to-date, and staying informed on recent threats.
  • Understanding and implementing basic cyber hygiene, including the importance of strong passphrases, using multi-factor authentication, performing software updates, and backing up data.
  • Drawing the workforce’s attention to opportunities to secure our online world by considering a career in cybersecurity.
  • Making cybersecurity a priority when purchasing internet-connected devices and services.


If everyone does their part to implement strong security practices and raise awareness of threats, our interconnected world will be safer and more resilient for everyone.

For more information about Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2021 and how to participate in a wide variety of activities, visit You can also follow and use the official hashtag #BeCyberSmart on social media throughout the month.