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October 3, 2016
National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2016
October 3, 2016
The National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2016 is entering its 13th year this October. Founded in 2004, it is co-sponsored by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) to put the focus on the threats that exist online and the vigilance we all must assume to protect ourselves when navigating the perilous terrain of a connected world.These threats are even more acute with ever-increasing data breaches and cyber-attacks that seem to occur on an almost daily basis. Ahead of the U.S. 2015 Presidential Elections, state-sponsored cyber-attacks, apparently originating from Russia, threaten to undermine our democratic process. President Obama has said that such threats pose one of the greatest national security dangers that the nation currently faces.Online security awareness concerns all of us, not just teens texting away on smartphones. The NCSA underscores that online security concerns anyone with a device that connects to the Internet. They point out online security awareness must be a collaborative effort inclusive of private citizens, businesses both small and large, educational institutions as well as the federal government. No single entity can be entrusted with securing cyberspace. It’s a shared responsibility that calls to mind the directive that “it takes a village.”National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2016, like previous campaigns, is divided into weeks individually dedicated to specific topics and trends in cybersecurity. Various outreach efforts will take place across the country, with many consisting of visits to schools to educate students about the importance of staying safe while online. The C-Save (Cyber Security Awareness Volunteer Education Program will play a significant role in this effort.NCSAM 2016 also marks the sixth anniversary of the STOP.THINK.CONNECT. campaign. Its core concepts consist of the following:
- Keep a Clean Machine
- Protect Your Personal Information
- Connect with Care
- Be Web Wise
- Be a Good Online Citizen
- Own Your Online Presence
- STOP: make sure security measures are in place.
- THINK: about the consequences of your actions and behaviors online.
- CONNECT: and enjoy the Internet.