October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). NCSAM is the result of a now 11 year old collaboration between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources to stay safe and secure while online.
Because the Internet is a shared resource, those that use it are responsible for keeping their part of the internet safe, be it a website or device or an online commerce/data transaction. This notion of the internet as a common resource is the genesis of this year’s theme for NCSAM, Our Shared Responsibility. Individual actions have a collective impact. If we all do our part—implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating young people or training employees—together we create a digital society that is safer and more resistant to attacks and more resilient should an attack occur.
This year’s NCSAM message is simple, STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Organizers are hoping that these three simple words remind internet users to take security and safety precautions and understand the consequences of their actions and behaviors online before they enjoy the benefits of the Internet.
Individuals, organizations, and communities throughout the United States are promoting NCSAM and letting others know that all of us have a role in protecting our digital lives. Web surfers can expect to see safety and security tips on social networks. Employers will provide educational opportunities for their customers and employees. In addition, organizers will be engaging traditional media, and providing posters and hosting cybersecurity awareness events. Even the White House is involved. President Barack Obama has declared October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month for 2014. See the proclamation at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/09/30/presidential-proclamation-national-cybersecurity-awareness-month-2014.
Check out the resources found at the NCSM website to find out how to participate and share the message: http://staysafeonline.org/ncsam/get-involved/promote-ncsam