National Computer Security Day - November 30
Wed, Nov 30, 2022

National Computer Security Day

National Computer Security Day is celebrated in the US on November 30th. Staying completely safe is getting more and more difficult: we use electronic devices every day, communicate on social networks, make purchases on the Internet … Attackers never sleep, trying to steal data and harm us. Don’t miss the date – check out its events!

History

National Day was established in 1988. The founders are considered Special Interest Group. The date is not accidental: during the holiday season, people are more vulnerable: they focus on entertainment and shopping more than on monitoring threats. The cybersecurity system appeared in 2003.

In 2004, the MyDoom computer virus appeared and caused colossal damage – 38,5 billion dollars! He took root in a computer, rewrote the code to suit his needs, reduced the speed of the Internet. At first, the average user did not understand what was happening, blaming the provider for the low speed, but at that time the virus was spreading at lightning speed. MyDoom sent letters to recipients, infecting their devices, and participated in DoS attacks.

Another serious virus was ILOVEYOU: it acted on the principle of the first one, eating into the computer system through mail. People themselves opened letters with malicious software – in the 2000s, few people knew about spam phishing. The virus changed the contents of the device in its own way, so work stopped in many organizations. Today, it is not scary: the last time such a letter was opened was in 2019, but antivirus programs quickly blocked it.

Fun facts

You will be surprised, but:

  • Kevin Mitnick landed in jail for 8 months. The reason was the accusation that he could connect to the modem that controls the nuclear potential through a payphone;
  • one FBI director said that the vacancies in the fight against crime on the Internet arise from the fact that specialists are addicted to marijuana and do not want to work with the authorities.

How to celebrate

Learn more about cybersecurity! Share information with others, especially with the older generation. See what events take place on National Day in your city, visit them.

When is National Computer Security Day celebrated in 2022?

National Computer Security Day is observed on November 30 each year.

Observations

Weekday Month Day Year
Wednesday November 30 2022
Thursday November 30 2023
Saturday November 30 2024
Sunday November 30 2025
Monday November 30 2026