The following is a guest blog from Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.
National Cyber Security Awareness Month is about everyone doing their part to make sure our online lives are kept safe and secure.
The Internet is a shared resource and securing it is our Shared Responsibility.
So what does this entail?
It means taking time to STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Take security measures, understand the potential consequences of your actions and behaviors and enjoy the benefits of the Internet.
It also means:
These are easy ways you can make a difference and help make the Internet safer and more secure for all.
You can also get involved in National Cyber Security Awareness Month. We have ways for you to show your support, whether you have 5 minutes or an entire day to spare.
Here are some ideas:
Post online safety tips and reminders about National Cyber Security Awareness Month on your social networks. Use the hashtag #NCSAM on Twitter. (Download prewritten status updates at http://www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam/get-involved/social-media)
Hold a “family conference” to discuss how each member of the family can help to make their personal computer and other online devices safe from cyberattacks. Read through and discuss the suggestions from the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. tip sheet. (Download at http://staysafeonline.org/stop-think-connect/tips-and-advice.)
Add the following signature line to the bottom of all your emails, “October 2012 is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Let’s make our online lives safer and more secure! Check out details at http://www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam.”
We have specific ways teachers, schools, businesses, libraries, local government, community groups, law enforcement and religious-based groups can get involved in National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Visit http://www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam/get-involved/ for more information.
You can learn more about National Cyber Security Awareness Month here: http://www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam
Stay Safe Online,
National Cyber Security Alliance Executive Director