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Stop. Think. Connect.

This October, consider the importance of National Cyber Security Awareness Month

By Michael Kaiser

It is more important than ever for young people – and all internet users – to be aware of how they can keep themselves, their information and others safer and more secure online. As technology advances and we connect to more people and things online, cyber attacks become more prevalent and sophisticated.

In Raytheon’s recent survey of 18- to 26-year-olds in 12 countries, 48 percent of respondents reported having read or heard about cyber attacks in the news in the past year, with 37 percent having had their devices infected by viruses or other malware and 21 percent having experienced identity theft or had credit card numbers stolen.

 The overall theme for National Cyber Security Awareness Month is “Our Shared Responsibility,” a concept that is resonating with a growing number of people. Eighty-six percent of respondents around the world in Raytheon’s 2016 survey reported that they thought keeping the internet safe and secure is a responsibility we all share, up from 82 percent in 2015. NCSAM  is designed to help everyone understand the role they can play in promoting online safety, and it all starts with STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ — the global online safety education and awareness campaign. NCSAM 2016 will highlight STOP. THINK. CONNECT. and provide tips, infographics, videos, social media content and other resources that you can use and share at home, at work and in the community.

Raytheon, a National Cyber Security Alliance board member company, has been a strong partner for many years and is a leader in NCSAM. Raytheon’s efforts in educating people about cybersecurity careers and building the next-generation cyber workforce help get the message out to the key population of young people. The company has played an integral role in the collaborative effort of promoting a safer internet.

Each week throughout October will focus on a different cybersecurity issue or trend. We encourage you to participate in NCSAM and build your efforts around any or all of the themes that are most relevant to you. 

2016 Themes

Oct. 3-7 – STOP. THINK. CONNECT.: The Basic Steps to Online Safety and Security
Staying safer and more secure online starts with STOP. THINK. CONNECT. – it’s simple, actionable advice anyone can follow. STOP: Make sure security measures are in place. THINK: about the consequences of your actions and behaviors online. CONNECT: and enjoy the internet

Oct. 10-14 – From the Break Room to the Boardroom: Creating a Culture of Cybersecurity in the Workplace
Week 2 will focus on creating a culture of cybersecurity in the workplace through efforts like employee education, training and awareness, and by emphasizing risk management, resistance and resilience.

Oct. 17-21 – Recognizing and Combating Cybercrime
Spotlighting awareness of the different types of cybercrime, week 3 will offer steps people can take to better protect themselves and address how law enforcement and others can collaborate to combat this critical issue.

Oct. 24-28 – Our Continuously Connected Live: What’s Your “Apptitude”?
The internet is evolving from a network to which individuals connect into a network that connects everything to the individual. As our digital world expands, creating these cutting-edge technologies in a safe and secure way is essential. Week 4 will examine our future in this interconnected world and provide strategies for security, safety and privacy.

Oct. 31 – Building Resistance in Critical Systems
 The internet underlies nearly every aspect of our everyday lives and helps form our critical infrastructure, which keeps crucial systems like electricity, transportation and communications up and running. October 31 will emphasize the importance of critical infrastructure and highlight the roles the public can play in keeping it secure.

Join the Greater Effort This October

We hope you will join us in making NCSAM 2016 the best one yet and help everyone to STOP. THINK. CONNECT. this October and year-round.

Michael Kaiser is the executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance. As NCSA's chief executive, Kaiser engages businesses, government and other non-profit organizations with NCSA's broad public education and outreach efforts to strengthen the nation's cyber infrastructure, including leadership of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, NCSA's premier outreach and awareness campaign.

This document does not contain technology or technical data controlled under either the U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations or the U.S. Export Administration Regulations. E16-F3GD
 

Last Updated: 10/03/2016

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