Focusing on Personal Security to Strengthen Security Culture During National Cyber Security Awareness Month

by Brad Arkin

posted on 10-01-2019

As the security landscape grows increasingly complex and challenging, we as security leaders must do our part to evolve our security practices and educate our teams to help maintain a strong security posture. While Adobe works to address these needs on an ongoing basis, during National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) – celebrated in October – we have a special opportunity to shine a spotlight on these efforts and engage our engineering community and larger employee base on cybersecurity.

NCSAM was launched by industry and government groups as a broad effort to help Americans stay safer and more secure online. With this mission in mind, Adobe has historically and successfully engaged our engineering community by involving them in security awareness month. This year Adobe will continue to engage our engineering community but will also incorporate the broader base of employees in security awareness through additional focused events and activities.

Adobe is hosting events for employees throughout the month of October where speakers – internal experts from Adobe and as well as industry guests – will give presentations focused on security best practices that are relevant in many aspects of a person’s life, whether at work, home or traveling. These include:

In addition to the general events, Adobe will also invite employees to participate in additional technical security activities such as:

The cybersecurity fun will be hosted in several of our major offices – including San Jose, San Francisco, Lehi and Seattle, Hamburg and Noida to get the larger community involved. The events and activities will also be available to view or access remotely.

As part of our overarching goal to engage employees in security awareness, Adobe will also be launching a series of security awareness videos that can help demonstrate best practices in a clear, entertaining and easy-to-understand format. Beginning in October, the videos will be released to the internal Adobe community, with another video following every other month to help build momentum around the videos. The videos are meant to naturally teach security principles.

Adobe works to provide resources that can help not only the engineers building our products, but also the employees who might be facing these threats at home or in the office. At Adobe, we believe that empowering employees to adopt and understand the value of security best practices in their personal and professional lives leads to an enhanced security culture – building a more secure environment and creating knowledgeable security advocates across our organization.

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