Making a Difference: Guest Blog from (ISC)²'s Sarah Bohne

Nov 17, 2010 11:00am


By Sarah Bohne, Senior Manager of Communications for (ISC)²

(ISC)2, the world’s largest information security professional body, has been a long-time supporter of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and the goals of the National Cyber Security Alliance.  We wish to thank the NCSA for their gracious invitation to have us post on their site today.

This year saw our most active participation in NCSAM to date. (ISC)2 made a tremendous effort to increase its education efforts around the country through its Safe and Secure Online program (S&SO), a worldwide initiative that puts (ISC)2 security experts in the classroom to educate schoolchildren ages 11-14 about how to protect themselves from online dangers in an increasingly connected world.

During the month of October, Safe and Secure Online volunteers educated nearly 5,000 students, setting a new record for the three-year program.  Some of the presentations were featured on local TV stations in Evansville, Indiana and Las Vegas, Nevada.

I was honored to participate in two panels at the NCSAM 2010 launch event in Seattle, while our General Counsel Dorsey Morrow participated on a panel at the Silicon Valley event, “STOP. THINK. CONNECT., a Unified Message for Cybersecurity,”sponsored by the NCSA and the Anti-Phishing Working Group.

During the month, the Christian Science Monitor featured our key volunteer member, Richard Harrison, in an article on the increasing incidents of cyberbullying in the U.S., as well online safety tips for parents from the Safe and Secure Online program.  In addition, the program and local members were recognized by Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota at the “Protecting Children and Youth in an Online World” event that received national attention. 

The (ISC)2  Safe & Secure Online presentations are made by information security experts who are (ISC)²-certified and cover topics such as cyberbullying, social networking, viral email, spam, identity theft and more.The program addresses the gap in security advice that exists in children’s safety outreach efforts, using compelling materials for the classroom developed by former school teachers and presented by certified information security professionals. 

With roughly 1,500 certified volunteer members involved in the U.S. program, the (ISC)2 Safe and Secure Online program has reached more than 40,000 children worldwide since the program’s inception.

Even though NCSAM has ended, the Safe and Secure Online program is a year-round effort by our member volunteers to bring cyber safety education into classrooms and youth organizations.  For anyone wishing to have a presentation delivered at their local school, please contact safeandsecure@isc2.org.  For more information about the program, please visit https://cyberexchange.isc2.org/safe-secure.aspx or follow the conversation on Twitter and Facebook.

Thank you!

Sarah E. Bohne, Senior Manager of Communications for (ISC)², has been a member of the (ISC)² executive team since 2004. She is responsible for global public relations, addressing concerns of (ISC)²’s over 70,000 members worldwide and managing programs like Safe and Secure Online that support them and raise the profile of the information security profession. Ms. Bohne has nearly 15 years of experience in corporate communications and marketing, including investor, public and analyst relations and internal communications. Prior to joining (ISC)², Ms. Bohne served as Director of Investor and Public Relations for Z-Tel Communications. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, USA and is a former officer of the Central Florida Chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI).