Awareness Day, Week, And Month Campaigns Are Designed To Raise Awareness Of Important Issues And To Promote Positive Change
SCARS endorses, supports, or champions those that educate people about a particular issue related to online crime, online safety, and the victims of those crimes, to encourage the public to take action or to simply start a conversation.
Campaigns for cybersafety, scam victims, and cybersecurity awareness help with:
- Educating people about the dangers of online scams, cybercrime, victimization, and how to protect themselves.
- Encourage people to report scam attempts and crimes to the relevant authorities.
- Promote the use of strong passwords, online safe behaviors, and other security measures to protect online accounts.
- Raise awareness of the importance of data privacy and how to protect personal information.
- Encourage businesses to adopt best practices for cybersecurity.
- Encourage governments to recognize the dangers and enact changes to protect everyone, as well as investigate and prosecute online criminals.
By raising awareness of these issues, SCARS believes awareness campaigns help to make the internet a safer place for everyone.
Here are some of the campaigns we endorse, support, or champion
Major Awareness Campaigns
- National Crime Victims’ Week – Last Week of April – providing awareness to help prevent crimes and to provide survivors with the resources they need to heal, pursue justice, and emerge stronger
- Cyber-enabled Crime Victims’ Month – April – to promote awareness of cybercrime victims
- Safer Internet Day: This is celebrated worldwide on February 8th every year to promote a safer and more responsible use of the internet. SCARS is a formal Champion Partner UK/USA
- Cybersecurity Awareness Month – October – Since 2004, the President of the United States and Congress have declared the month of October to be Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a dedicated month for the public and private sectors, and tribal communities to work together to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. 2023 marks the 20th annual Cybersecurity Awareness Month and this year CISA is launching a new awareness program that will encourage 4 simple steps every American can take to stay safe online. Simple actions we should all take not only during Cybersecurity Awareness Month but every day throughout the year. Primary sponsor National Cybersecurity Alliance
- International Fraud Awareness Week: This is celebrated on November 12-18, 2023 to raise awareness of fraud and to promote ways to protect yourself from it.
- Stop. Think. Connect. Day: This is celebrated on January 20th every year to promote online safety and security. SCARS has been a full supporter since 2015
- Data Privacy Day: This is celebrated on January 28th in the US/Canada every year to raise awareness of the importance of data privacy. A day to promote privacy awareness and advocate for individuals’ rights to control their personal information. Enacted by the U.S. Congress
- International Women’s Day: This is celebrated on March 8th every year to celebrate the achievements of women and to raise awareness of gender equality.
- World Day Against Cyber Censorship – March 12: An initiative to rally support for a free and open internet, while highlighting the efforts to censor online content.
- Consumer Protection Day: This is celebrated on March 15th every year to raise awareness of consumer rights and to promote ways to protect yourself from fraud.
- World Backup Day – March 31: This day encourages individuals and businesses to back up their data regularly to protect against data loss from cyber threats.
- Digital Wellness Day – May 3: A day to promote the safe and responsible use of digital technology by children and young people.
- World Password Day: This is celebrated on the First Thursday in May every year to remind people to create and use strong passwords to protect their online accounts.
- World Telecommunication and Information Society Day: This is celebrated on May 17th every year to promote the use of information and communication technologies for social and economic development.
- #YourAccountYourCrime: August 10th – an Interpol campaign to create awareness and to warn of the dangers of money mules
- National Grief Awareness Day – observed on August 30th – to promote awareness of the need for grief support and counseling
- World Romance Scam Prevention Day – October 3 – Protecting Hearts by Fighting Fraud and Fueling Education – SCARS endorses this campaign
- National Online Bank Day – the Second Monday in October – reminds us we don’t have to take it to the bank to get it to the bank. The day celebrates the advantages offered by online banks. It also reminds us of the need to bank safely online.
- National Internet Day – October 29 – aims to honor the evolution of Internet technology since its creation. On the other hand, it draws attention to the role of the internet in shaping the future and the possibility of a safer experience.
- Anti-Malware Awareness Day: This is celebrated on November 3rd every year to raise awareness of malware and to promote ways to avoid it.
- World Day Against Cybercrime: This is celebrated on November 19th every year to raise awareness of cybercrime and to promote ways to combat it.
- World Computer Security Day: This is celebrated on November 30th every year to raise awareness of computer security and to promote best practices for staying safe online.
- International Anti-Corruption Day – December 9th – seeks to highlight the crucial link between anti-corruption and peace, security, and development.
- International Identity Theft Awareness Week – January/February: A week-long event that focuses on raising awareness about identity theft and providing resources to prevent it.
- National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) – March 3 – March 9, 2024 – is a time to help people understand their consumer rights and avoid frauds and scams.
- Anti-Phishing Awareness Week: This is celebrated in March to raise awareness of phishing scams and to promote ways to avoid them.
- Scam Victims Awareness Month – April – bringing awareness to all of the many different types of scams and the challenges that their victims face.
- Ransomware Awareness Month – July: An initiative to educate individuals and organizations about the dangers of ransomware and how to defend against it.
- Cyberbullying Awareness Month: This is celebrated in October to raise awareness of the dangers of cyberbullying and to promote ways to prevent it.
- National Cybersecurity Awareness Month: This is celebrated in October to raise awareness of cybersecurity and to promote best practices for staying safe online. SCARS is a full supporter.
- National Online Safety Awareness Month: This is celebrated in October in the United Kingdom to raise awareness of online safety and to promote ways to stay safe online. SCARS is a champion.
- Cybersecurity Awareness Month in the UK: This is celebrated in November to raise awareness of cybersecurity and to promote best practices for staying safe online in the UK. SCARS promotes this campaign.
- European Cybersecurity Month: This is celebrated in November in Europe to raise awareness of cybersecurity and to promote best practices for staying safe online.
- National Scams Awareness Week – Australia (various dates) November: A week dedicated to raising awareness about different types of scams and how to avoid them.
- National Identity Theft Protection & Awareness Month: This is celebrated in December to raise awareness of identity theft and to promote ways to protect yourself from it.
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