October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

President Obama has designated October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). The objective is to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity and increasing the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident.

NCSAM reminds us that being safer and more secure online is a shared responsibility. Emerging cyber threats require engagement from the entire American community—from government and law enforcement to the private sector and most importantly, members of the public – to create a safer cyber environment. Throughout NCSAM and beyond, DHS encourages Americans to ACT – Achieve Cybersecurity Together – reflecting the interconnectedness of the modern world and the responsibility each of us in securing cyberspace.

NCSAM 2012 is focusing on a different critical cybersecurity issue each week in October:

Week One:
Emphasizes general cybersecurity awareness and the Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign
Week Two:
Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity
Focuses on national and local efforts to prevent identity theft and other cyber crimes
Week Three:
Industry Efforts in Cybersecurity
Highlights strategies and tools businesses of all sizes – including small business – can use to bolster their own cybersecurity defenses
Week Four:
K-Life: Digital Literacy Efforts
Showcases the urgent need to develop cyber education programs to train the next generation cyber workforce

For more information about National Cyber Security Awareness Month – and cyber security in general – please go to:  http://www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month.



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