October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month which is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. The Internet
touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether we realize it or not. National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is designed to engage
and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity, provide them with
tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increase the resiliency of the Nation in the event of a cyber incident.
Americans are adopting new and innovative technologies and spending more of their time online. At home, at work and at school, our growing dependence on technology, coupled with the increasing threat of cyber attacks and risks to our privacy, demands greater security in our online world. The Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign’s overarching goal is to help Americans understand not only the risks that come with using the Internet, but also the importance of practicing safe online behavior. In addition, the Campaign aims to arm Americans at all levels with practical tips and tools to improve their online safety.
There are many ways for you, your family, or your organization to promote cybersecurity awareness within your community. DHS and Stop.Think.Connect. encourage you to help make the Internet a safer place by joining one or more of the following Campaign programs:
• Friends of the Campaign: If you want to learn about ways to better protect yourselves, your families and your community — become a Friend of the Campaign. All Friends have one thing in common: a commitment to understand and share messages about the importance of online safety. By becoming a Friend, you will receive information from the Campaign that you can use to improve online safety in your community. Become a Friend by signing up at www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect-friends-campaign-program
• National Network: The National Network is comprised of nonprofit groups and organizations that advocate and promote cybersecurity within their organizations and to
their stakeholders. The Campaign is seeking to build relationships with organizations and groups that target government, industry, small business, parents and educators, young professionals, and older Americans. Nonprofit organizations interested in promoting cybersecurity awareness within their organizations and community can join the National Network by sending their logo and a written request to firstname.lastname@example.org
. There are no fees or financial obligations associated with membership.