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October – National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

I call upon the people of the United States to recognize the importance of cybersecurity and to observe this month with activities, events and trainings that will enhance our national security and resilience,” ~ President Obama

It is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. A new public messaging campaign highlights this year’s event, called “Stop. Think. Connect.” National Cybersecurity Awareness Month aims to empower citizens to make choices that contribute to the overall security of the Internet.

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is sponsored by the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCSA) — a nonprofit dedicated to fostering a culture of cybersecurity — along with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, a cybersecurity prevention and protection collaboration for state and local governments.

Organizations are encouraged to participate in the event by visiting the National Cyber Security Awareness Month Web portal, which contains resources for businesses.


When you cross the street, you look both ways to make sure it’s safe. Staying safe on the Internet is similar. It takes some common sense steps — Stop. Think. Connect.

Stop: Before you use the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems.

Think: Take a moment to be certain the path is clear ahead. Watch for warning signs and consider how your actions online could impact your safety, or your family’s.

Connect: Enjoy the Internet with greater confidence, knowing you’ve taken the right steps to safeguard yourself and your computer.

STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Protect yourself and help keep the web a safer place for everyone.

Here is just one sample of the resources available via the link above…
Internet Safety and Security Tips for Parents (PDF)

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October 8, 2010 - Posted by | computers, Internet, security |


  1. TechPaul,

    Thanks for this… I hope this campaign truly gets some attention and gives people some idea of the importance. I find that most people when I just mention the word “cybersecurity”, I really get some looks (like I am making it up or something).



    Comment by Ramblinrick | October 8, 2010 | Reply

    • Rick,
      As always, thanks for your support.

      I have long known that the “average person” has no idea what the Internet is (a long time ago I wrote an article, What is the “Internet”?).

      The common perception I encounter is they think of it much as their water and/or electricity — they pay their bill on time and it comes into their house. They think their service provider is providing a clean, safe product, and that the Government watches over it and keeps it safe, and the provider honest.
      Some people believe there is an Internet police force.
      Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong. Wrong.

      They also think, “well, if somebody does steal my identity, and drain my bank account, my bank will reimburse me.. so..”
      (Who reimburses the bank? And who reimburses them?)

      One reason I am excited by this year’s event is it is stressing end user (that’s you, folks) responsibility. Currently, we’re getting a pass, but that is changing. What’s coming is the bank’s saying “sorry about your luck”, and ISP’s implementing some form of NAC (where you cannot get online if your machine isn’t patched, protected, and virus free).
      See, Microsoft exec proposes new internet “health” model.


      Comment by techpaul | October 8, 2010 | Reply

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