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Why a National Cybersecurity Week in Mexico?

Cybersecurity is a dynamic field, which means you will never get bored. In October, we celebrate the National Cybersecurity Week but the truth is that cybersecurity is relevant all year round. The cybersecurity skills gap is a constantly growing reality, which means you will always be learning and developing new skills in this constantly evolving field.

In 2004, the President and Congress of the United States of North America declared the month of October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The above was done in conjunction with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA). In 2012, Europe created European Cybersecurity Month and since 2018, Chile became the first Latin American country to celebrate National Cybersecurity Month.

What have we done in Mexico about it?

In October 2019, at the initiative of Senator Alejandra Lagunes Soto Ruiz, the Senate of the Republic established the commemoration of National Cybersecurity Week the first week of October.

What is the relevance of this?

According to a publication in 2019 by the Senate of the Republic, this commemoration aims to raise awareness among citizens about the risks of the use of cyberspace and the culture of prevention in the face of the advancement and scope of information and communication technologies ( ICT), and provide greater protection and security to users of cybernetic devices.

It is a great advance that Mexico has decided to officially establish the commemoration of this National Cybersecurity Week. Its objective is still valid and necessary. As technology advances, all users are required to be trained to have the best practices and protect our information.

For example, in the United States this year, they will focus on a simple 4-step campaign to help the population be safer online:

  • Use strong passwords and a password manager: Strong passwords are essential for protecting data.

  • Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA): Enable multi-factor authentication on all your online accounts that offer it, especially email, social media, and financial accounts, and use authenticator apps or hardware tokens for added security.

  • Recognize and report phishing: Phishing emails, text messages, and calls are the main way data is compromised.

  • Update software: Making sure your software is up to date is the best way to ensure you have the latest security patches and updates on your devices.

What can we do during National Cybersecurity Week 2023 in Mexico?

In Mexico, we can participate in the National Cybersecurity Week (October 2 to 6, 2023) in various events. If you want to know more details about industry events, click here.


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