October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a vital cyber security collaboration between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Cyber Security Division, the National Cyber Security Alliance, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). This year marks the 9th National Cyber Security Awareness Month celebration. NCSAM gives us thirty one days to keep internet safety and cyber security at the forefront of your mind.
Last year President Barack Obama issued a presidential proclamation for NCSAM where he called “upon the people of the United States to recognize the importance of cybersecurity and to observe this month with activities, events, and training that will enhance our national security and resilience”.
National Cyber Security Awareness Month reminds us that we can take action to make the Web safer. Cyber threats and cybercrime are more than an inconvenience. Cyber threats and cybercrime mangle digital privacy, online reputation and interfere with the flow of economic growth, competition, innovation and national security. The great news is everyone who connects digitally can do their part to make the Web safer by being mindful of how they spend their time online.
What you do online contributes to the collective digital ethos of the Web. Your online actions shape how people perceive and engage online in subtle ways. Part of our digital ethos includes engaging in online behaviors and digital activities that help promote a responsible digital environment online. In short, people who respect the Web tend to use it to build and protect online opportunities and digital communities while those with little respect for the Web tend to use it to deceive and disrupt the online environment.
You are responsible for the way you spend your time online.
The Web is a growing digital resource we share. No matter where you are in the world, no matter what you do, if you are online, we are connected by invisible and visible digital threads. Your online presence, online reputation and online behaviors are part of the visible digital threads. The invisible digital threads are the technologies that support (destroy) the development of our global digital community. You can protect your online reputation and digital freedoms by doing what you can to keep the Web safe.
To learn more about the National Cyber Security Awareness Month and find more ways to get involved:
- On Twitter search for use the #NCSAM hashtag.
- On Twitter follow @DHSgov, @StaysafeOnline, @StopThnkConnect @CISecurity
- Take The NCSAM Pledge
- Get the 2012 National Cyber Security Awareness Month Toolkit and do what you can to make the Web richer and safer.
How will you use your voice to celebrate National Cyber Awareness Month?