Cyber Security Awareness Month

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 @ 02:10 PM gHale

National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), conducted every October since 2004, is a national public awareness campaign to encourage everyone to protect their computers and our nation’s critical cyber infrastructure.
Cyber security requires vigilance 365 days per year. However, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), the primary drivers of NCSAM, coordinate to shed a brighter light in October on what home users, schools, businesses and governments need to do in order to protect their computers, children, and data.
The success of National Cyber Security Awareness Month rests on all to engage everyone in an effort to be safe and secure online. There are opportunities for everyone, from home users and small businesses to major corporations and government entities.
The Internet has become pervasive. Everyone at one point is working online at home, school, work, and play. In addition to the traditional laptop or desktop computer, we now have other gateways to the Internet. Mobile devices of all shapes and sizes connect us to increasingly complex and useful tools almost everywhere and at anytime. Even when not directly connected, the Internet supports everyday lives through financial transactions, transportation systems, power grids, emergency response systems and a constant flow of communication, to name a few. This reliance will only increase as digital technology gains in its strength and breadth.
Ultimately, the cyber infrastructure is only as strong as the weakest link. No individual, business, or government entity is solely responsible for securing the Internet. Everyone has a role to secure their part of cyberspace, including the computers, devices and networks they use. We all need to understand how our individual actions have a collective impact on cyber security and protecting the Internet.
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