The Cyber Security Awareness Month is all about promoting cyber security and online safety awareness
The National Cyber Security Awareness Month
National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is in its 13th year. It is designed to engage and educate public- and private-sector partners through events and initiatives. The goal is to raise awareness about cyber security in order to increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident.
President Obama made the proclamation and established Cyber Security Awareness Month in 2004. Since then, Cyber Security Awareness Month has been formally recognized by Congress, federal, state and local governments, and leaders from industry and academia. The united effort is necessary to maintain a cyberspace that is safer and more resilient and remains a source of opportunity and growth in the future.
The National Cyber Security Alliance
The National Cyber Security Alliance is the U.S leading nonprofit, public-private partnership promoting cyber security and privacy education and awareness.
NCSA works with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and NCSA’s Board of Directors and many leading Enterprises.
NCSA’s core efforts include National Cyber Security Awareness Month (October), Data Privacy Day (January 28) and STOP. THINK. CONNECT., the global online safety awareness and education campaign led by NCSA and the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG), with federal government leadership from DHS.
Every October, Cyber Security Awareness Month forwards the collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure all digital citizens have the resources needed to stay safer and more secure online while also protecting their personal information.
Coordinated and led by the NCSA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cyber Security Awareness Month has grown exponentially since its inception, reaching consumers, small- and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation and internationally. NCSAM 2015 was an unprecedented success, generating more than 1,700 news stories — an increase of 74% from Cyber Security Awareness Month 2014’s media coverage.
October 2016 presents a new opportunity to expand cybersecurity and privacy education and increase awareness globally. More than 700 organizations joined last year, a nearly 80% said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance.
“Throughout National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we recognize the role that individuals can play in enhancing cybersecurity, and we join to raise awareness of the importance of securing our information against cyber threats” President Barack Obama.