During October, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will mark National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). Now in its 11th year, NCSAM is designed to engage and educate the public and private sector by holding events throughout the country and promoting various initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity in order to increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident.
Securing cyberspace is a global challenge. The widespread growth in broadband and mobile technology has expanded internet access across the globe, bringing new users online every day. The world is more interconnected than ever before; with more connectivity comes more responsibility. Governments, private industry, educators, and individual citizens need to know how to spot potential problems and consider how their online actions can impact our collective security. Online safety and security are shared, global obligations and we all have an obligation to protect our information and identities online.
As we approach NCSAM, DHS invites our global partners to join us in promoting cybersecurity awareness. DHS aims to collaborate on awareness raising in multiple ways. Through our Stop.Think.Connect Campaign, DHS has developed the attached International Cyber Awareness Program New Campaign Packet.
This document provides the necessary steps and best practices for starting up a new cybersecurity awareness campaign. Partner governments are likewise invited to join governments worldwide that have adopted Stop.Think.Connect. Finally, DHS endeavors to coordinate our awareness raising efforts with our partners globally to share best practices, conduct joint campaigns, and develop innovative materials to improve cybersecurity awareness.
Maintaining a cyberspace that is safe and resilient requires a united effort. We look forward to working with you to improve cybersecurity awareness globally.
For more information, please visit the sites below or contact the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications International Affairs program at CS&CInternationalAffairs[at ]hq.dhs.gov.
- For more information on Stop.Think.Connect or to join as an international partner, visit http://www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect or http://stopthinkconnect.org.
- For more information on NCSAM, visit http://www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month.