October 2009 is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NSCAM), which the FBI endorses and participates. The NSCAM event has been held every October since 2001, as a national 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, the FBI, the National Cyber Security Alliance, and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, 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.
Ultimately, our cyber infrastructure is only as strong as the weakest link. No individuals, business, or government entity is solely responsible for cyber security. Everyone has a role and everyone needs to share the responsibility to secure their part of cyber space and the networks they use. The steps we take may differ based on what we do online and our responsibilities. However, everyone needs to understand how their individual actions have a collective impact on cyber security.
Please read the Awareness Month Fact Sheet, Awareness Month What Home Users Can Do Tip Sheet, and the Awareness Month CSAVE Fact Sheet.
You can read more by visiting STAYSAFEONLINE.ORG.
John “Chris” Dowd
Public/Private Alliance Unit
Strategic Outreach and Initiative Section