National Cyber Security Awareness Month

As many of you may know, President Barack Obama proclaimed October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month back in 2010. Since then, the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. campaign has built awareness to the risks in cyberspace that we all share. Together with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG), this global campaign continues to empower end users with the knowledge to stay safe online.

So what does this have to do with you?


We live in an increasingly digital world, where it’s the “new norm” to share aspects of our personal lives with more and more people. From a simple post on Facebook or Instagram, to managing your retirement funds, everything is becoming digital and finding its way onto the internet. We all need to start being more aware to this trend, and think about what our actions on the internet may lead to.

What can we all do?


Check out http://www.stopthinkconnect.org for lots of resources for staying safe online. Make sure you take a look at the Tips & Advice section for specific, actionable things to do to make your connected lives more secure. Other sites that have great information for individuals and businesses alike are the CIS/Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (http://msisac.cisecurity.org), the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, (http://www.nascio.org), the Center for Internet Security (http://www.cisecurity.org) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (http://www.staysafeonline.org).

Don’t forget to talk with others, including family, friends, even your employer/employees to discuss what you’ve learned. The more we all know, the safer we can all be.