Cybersecurity Awareness Month

2021 State of Texas Office of the Governor Cybersecurity Awareness Month Proclamation

Check out DIR's Twitter and LinkedIn profiles for cyber tips and statistics throughout the month

Cybersecurity Awareness Month Activities:

Conferences & Events

Current Youth Competitions: 

High School Student Public Service Announcement Competition 

The 4th Annual High School Cybersecurity Awareness Public Service Announcement (PSA) Competition sponsored by the Texas Department of Information Resources Office of the Chief Information Security Officer opens September 14th, 2021. All Texas HS students grades 9-12th are welcome to participate in creating PSA videos. Submission DEADLINE EXTENDED to Friday, October 29th at 11:59pm CST. See the documents below for additional competition details. #2021TXPSA

2020 Winners 

Thank you to all the teams who participated in OCISO's 3rd annual competition. We commend you all for the hard work and creativity despite the challenges faced this year!

Cyber Threat Defender Card Design Contest

Feeling creative? Join our first ever Cyber Threat Defender (CTD) card design contest for Cybersecurity Month! Show off your knowledge of cybersecurity by creating your own CTD card - the winning card will be added to a future booster pack! Submit your entry between 10/1/2021 and 10/25/2021. Full details.

Texas A&M University Cybersecurity Games

Each year, the Texas A&M Division of Information Technology creates a campus-wide IT security game for National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Each game is designed to be fun and engaging, while educating students, faculty and staff about how to be safe online.

CSSIA Interactives

The interactives were developed under the leadership of Mike Qaissaunee (about) at the Brookdale Cyber Center with funding from an NSF Grant (DUE 1601612). If you have kids or students interested learning or developing their skills in cybersecurity and networking, give these a try! 

MS-ISAC Kids Stay Safe Online Poster Contest

Each year K-12 students from across the country submit pieces of artwork that cover topics such as being safe online, good online security practices, cyber bullying, and how to be a good digital citizen. Public, private, and home schooled students in grades K-12 are all invited to participate! The contest will run from September 25, 2021 through January 22, 2022. The winners of the contest will be recognized nationally in acknowledgment of National October Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). 

For more information regarding the contest and other ways to participate in NCSAM (such as the Best of the Web Contest), please visit the MS-ISAC Toolkit page listed below. The poster contest entry form is available under Bring Security Home, which includes FAQs to help guide your efforts and provide inspiration.  Send questions and submissions to All submissions must be sent as a scanned image. 

CyberStart America

CyberStart America previously known as Girls Go Cyber Start is for all students in grades (9th-12th). They will discover skills or advance cybersecurity talent by playing over 200 online challenges. Access to the games opens October 27th, so sign up now for instant access on launch day!

MS-ISAC Cybersecurity Awareness Materials

MS-ISAC no longer prints toolkit materials, calendars or posters but you are welcome to print and share items below.

Additional General Security Resources 

Find additional cybersecurity information and tools from the following resources, all leaders in creating the standards for cybersecurity.


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