Monday marked the beginning of the ninth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Department of Homeland Security announced in a release this week.
“From the kitchen table to the classroom, from business transactions to essential government operations and services, Cybersecurity is an issue that touches all of us,” Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said. “To ensure our nation’s security in cyberspace, each of us must play our part. National Cyber Security Awareness Month reminds us that being safer and more secure online is a shared responsibility and we are urging the public and private sector to join DHS to ACT – ‘Achieve Cybersecurity Together.’”
Throughout October, DHS leaders will visit cities across the country to increase awareness and educate the public on Cybersecurity. To kick-off the month, DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity Mark Weatherford participated in an online safety awareness event with White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel and Nebraska Lieutenant Governor Rick Sheehy at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
DHS is also continuing to promote its Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign, a year-round national public awareness campaign designed to encourage Americans to promote safe online practices.
More information from DHS on National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is available here.