National Cyber Security Awareness Month Kicks Off Next Week
When you go online, internet privacy may not be the first thing you think about, but it should certainly feature prominently. In order to help raise awareness of the importance of internet safety, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a nonprofit public-private partnership, established National Cyber Security Awareness Month in 2003. The month-long campaign incorporates events that take place across the nation, targeting everyone from children and students to working professionals and businesses, according to the association.
"Last year, National Cyber Security Month reached millions of people. We are excited about raising the bar higher in 2012," said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the NCSA. "It's not too late to get involved. Everyone can do their part by following the simple steps of the national cybersecurity education awareness campaign. 'Stop. Think. Connect.' We want everyone to take security measures, understand the consequences of actions and behaviors and enjoy the benefits of the internet."
The campaign will begin on Monday, October 1, with the Business Security Summit in Omaha, Nebraska. According to the Greater Omaha Chamber's website, there will be a number of guest speakers, including local and federal elected officials, members of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and industry experts from major companies like AT&T, Microsoft, VISA and Symnatec. Local business owners and IT workers can attend the event to learn about the dangers lurking on the internet and ways to handle them. The Chamber website indicates there will also be a number of workshops that really go into detail about protecting online privacy.
That is just the first event, but the NCSA is doing more than holding conferences. The alliance partnered with internet security company McAfee to conduct a national survey about internet safety, and the results will be released when the campaign kicks off next week.
There will also be programs that highlight the importance of safe internet use for children and parents, as well as teachers. The internet has quickly become a major learning tool for many schools, and since kids are spending so much time online, they should learn safe behaviors to protect themselves and their peers. The theme of this year's event, "Our Shared Responsibility," highlights the importance of making internet security a community concern.