National Cyber Security Alliance Encourages Internet Users to Improve Online Safety Habits Year-Round; Applauds October Awareness Month as Widespread Success
Washington, DC, November 19, 2013– Each year for the last decade, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have led National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). The annual theme, “Our Shared Responsibility,” conveys everyone’s responsibility for making the Internet safer and more secure.
The recently completed 2013 awareness month’s activities reflected a strong commitment by government, industry and non-profits to ensure every Internet user has the information they need to stay safer and more secure online. Organizations large and small across the nation held events, released education materials, and took steps to educate customers, constituents, and citizens.
The STOP. THINK. CONNECT campaign was central to many of the awareness and education activities. STOP. THINK. CONNECT. has a simple and actionable message: Take safety and security precautions, understand the consequences of your actions and behaviors and connect and enjoy the Internet.
While assembling data and metrics for the month will take some time, preliminary social media numbers demonstrate some of its reach. Both National Cyber Security Awareness Month and the #ncsam hashtag experienced tremendous volume during the month. The weekly #ChatSTC Twitter chats proved quite popular and reached more than 1.7 million people throughout the month. In addition, more than 340 companies, schools, municipalities and non-profit organizations signed up as champions of the month, demonstrating their commitment to keeping people safe online.
Many organizations released new high-quality materials during the month as well. A sampling of those resources that will continue to be available throughout the coming year include:
“National Cyber Security Awareness Month has shown year after year that by working together we can reach many millions of people and businesses with basic information on online safety,” said Michael Kaiser, executive director of NCSA. “This year, we also saw the expansion of the effort outside of the United States through the coordinated release of STOP. THINK. CONNECT. mobile security tips in October with Singapore, Korea and the EU - a reflection that making the Internet safe, secure and trusted is a global initiative.”
While NCSAM happens once a year, staying safe online requires using good online safety behavior every day and especially during the holiday shopping season. A recent poll, jointly commissioned by NCSA and PayPal, found that many Americans are still not taking even the most basic of safety precautions with their Internet accessible devices. For example, fifty-six percent of adults don’t lock their mobile device with a pin and roughly the same amount (fifty-percent) doesn’t know what financial information is stored on their device. These figures underscore the ever-pressing importance of increased vigilance with online safety.
Full polling results can be found at: http://staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/resources/along with more information about the National Cyber Security Alliance and ways to stay safe online.
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