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Reminder – President Obama designated this October 2012 as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).

NCSAM is designed 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.

October 2012 marks the ninth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC).

NCSAM 2012 will focus on the following critical cybersecurity issues each week in October:

Week 1 –             Stop.Think.Connect.

Week 2 –              Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity

Week 3 –              Industry Efforts in Cybersecurity

Week 4 –              K-Life: Digital Literacy Efforts

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 – therefore, we are reminded that being safer and more secure online is a shared responsibility.

To get involved in NCSAM 2012:

  • Find or register a local National Cyber Security Awareness Month event on the official MCSAM 2012 calendar.
  • Get information on how your government, law enforcement, business, school, or organization can take action during NCSAM.
  • Teach elementary, middle, and high school students about Internet safety and security.
  • Post cybersecurity tips, news, and resources highlighting NCSAM on social media sites.

Americans can follow simple steps to keep themselves, their personal assets, and private information safe online. Here are a few tips all Internet users can do to practice cybersecurity during NCSAM and throughout the year:

  • Set strong passwords and don’t share them with anyone.
  • Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized by installing updates.
  • Maintain an open dialogue with your family, friends, and community about Internet safety.
  • Limit the amount of personal information you post online and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely.
  • Be cautious about what you receive or read online – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

If applicable, please pass this information along to those IT and information security professionals in your organization, and, be sure that members of your risk management teams receive the same.

Click here for more information on this important October event.

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