Internet users of all ages must keep aware of the multiple threats they face online. Celebrating 12 years as an annual national public awareness campaign, the National Cyber Security Awareness Month has become a tradition for Americans in reminding Internet users to practice safe web-surfing.
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The national National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) named October as the official National Cyber Security Awareness Month. In 2009, the main theme was introduced as “Our Shared Responsibility,” highlighting the role everyone must have in protecting digital networking.
A statement extracted from the Department of Homeland Security website concerning their campaign said, “Since our way of life depends on critical infrastructure and the digital technology that operates it, cyber security is one of our country’s most important national security priorities, and we each have a role to play… a shared responsibility.”
The following year, NCSA in collaboration with the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) developed the “STOP. THINK. CONNECT.” campaign.
President Obama also became involved and announced a proclamation on October 2010 which includes that slogan as the national cyber security education and awareness message.
2015 marks the fifth anniversary of the “STOP. THINK. CONNECT.” campaign.
The NCSA and DHS developed weekly themes after receiving feedback that many aspects of online security should be expressed coherently.
Week one concentrates on internet security as a shared responsibility and Americans are provided with simple online tips in order to be more cautious online.
Week two of the campaign focuses on the common threats businesses and employees face.
Resources for business and employees are provided to stay safer online and enhance their existing security plans.
On the third week, the theme shift to protecting ourselves when using mobile devices and social media.
The second to last week is the focal point of living in a “smart world” and how people connect online each year.
It also includes a review of current technology and the probable future in technology.
Nearly any device has internet connection.
Therefore citizens become encouraged on the importance of educating all others on cyber security.
The fifth and final week ends the campaign with a message of building a better future.
A better “cyber security workforce, focusing on cyber security education and awareness in schools at all levels,” according to the Department of Homeland Security website.