National Cyber Security Alliance Celebrates Success and Growth of Awareness Month and Reminds Citizens to Stay Safe Online Year-Round
Washington, DC, Nov. 17, 2014 – On Oct. 31, National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) wrapped up its 11th year, closing out a month that showed an astounding support of partners, a number of key cybersecurity events and a marked increase in audience reach.
Early data demonstrates the scope of NCSAM 2014. Both National Cyber Security Awareness Month and the #NCSAM hashtag experienced tremendous recognition during the month, with Twitter mentions increasing by 250 percent in comparison to last year. In addition, NCSAM also generated a steep increase in the number of Champions who joined on ‒ that is, companies, schools, municipalities and non-profit institutions that pledged their support to NCSAM. Numbering 405 by the end of the month, their commitment to keeping people safe online is well illustrated.
Celebrated every October, NCSAM is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in cooperation with NCSA and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, and involves the participation of a various industry leaders – reaching consumers, small- and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people. NCSAM’s many partners included AT&T, the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Business Executives for National Security (BENS), EDUCAUSE, ESET, Facebook, McAfee, Microsoft, Raytheon, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and Visa.
These organizations, and many more across the United States and internationally, held grassroots awareness events, released educational materials, engaged local media and took various steps to help educate citizens on how to protect themselves while online.
“The continued success and growth of NCSAM show that more Americans understand that our increasing digital connectivity also makes us increasingly vulnerable,” said Michael Kaiser, executive director of NCSA. “The good news is they’re also educating themselves on how to protect their networks and their personal information. Thanks to the enthusiastic and continued support of our partners, NCSAM is helping to make that happen.”
“NCSAM touches every demographic, encouraging Americans to work together to create a culture of cybersecurity that will build a safer, more secure and trusted Internet,” said Marcus Sachs, NCSA board vice chair and vice president of national security policy for Verizon. “By bringing industry leaders together, we are able to spread this vital message during the month of October, highlighting the best cybersecurity measures we all must put into practice throughout the year.”
Falling under the month’s broader theme of “Our Shared Responsibility,” the topics for the five weeks of NCSAM 2014 were:
NCSAM events throughout the country, including more than 200 activities and events at college campuses, drew thousands of business leaders, journalists, cybersecurity professionals, students and government officials. The following is small sample of events during the month:
“As advancing higher education through technology is the core of our mission, EDUCAUSE is delighted to be a part of NCSAM each year,” said Valerie Vogel, Cybersecurity Program Manager for EDUCAUSE. “Through a steady drumbeat of education and awareness, we will keep ourselves, our businesses, our universities and our government institutions more secure.”
Though National Cyber Security Awareness Month has ended, NCSA reminds consumers and businesses to be cyber aware and protect their digital assets year-round (to see how our Internet use impacts the country’s critical infrastructure, visit http://ncsam.info/1oLvs4t). For more resources on how to stay safe online, visit:
While NCSA promotes awareness and education on cybersecurity throughout the year, its next major event is Data Privacy Day. Observed annually on January 28, Data Privacy Day is an international effort centered on "Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust."
Data Privacy Day depends on participation from a broad range of stakeholders to educate their respective constituencies by hosting events, creating privacy resources, writing blogs, promoting on social media and other types of engagement. For more information, visit http://www.staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-day/.
Now in its 11th year, NCSAM is co-sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in cooperation with the NCSA and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center. Celebrated each year in October, NCSAM includes the participation of a multitude of industry leaders – reaching consumers, small and medium-size businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people. Mobilizing everyone – from small businesses, local non-profits and academia to multinational corporations and governments – NCSAM is harnessing the collective impact of its programs and resources to increase awareness about today’s ever-evolving cybersecurity landscape.