Senate passes Resolution 285 supporting awareness on the eve of National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Sep 30, 2009 2:17pm


By Michael Kaiser, NCSA Executive Director

On the eve of National Cyber Security Awareness Month the Senate passed Resolution 285 supporting efforts to make the citizens more aware of how to secure the Internet and in support of national Cyber Secuirty Awareness Month.

It was co-sponsored by Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WV),  Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Tom Carper (D-DE), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Susan Collins (R-ME), Harry Reid (D-NV), Carl Levin (D-MI), Robert Bennett (R-UT), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), George Voinovich (R-OH), Evan Bayh (D-IN), and Thad Cochran (R-MS).

The text of the resolution follows. Read it. It's an excellent doucment that can help you undertsand cyber security and its value to the nation. The NCSA is deeply appreciative of the many co-sponosors and the overwhelming support in congress for education awareness to secure the Internet and our cyber assets.

SENATE RESOLUTION 285

Whereas the use of the Internet in the United States, to communicate, conduct business, or generate commerce that benefits
the overall United States economy, is ubiquitous;

Whereas many people use the Internet in the United States to communicate with family
and friends, manage finances and pay bills, access educational opportunities, shop
at home, participate in online entertainment and games, and stay informed of news and
current events;

Whereas United States small businesses, which employ a significant fraction of the
private workforce, increasingly rely on the Internet to manage their businesses, expand
their customer reach, and enhance the management of their supply chain;

Whereas nearly all public schools in the United States have Internet access to enhance
children’s education, with a significant percentage of instructional rooms connected
to the Internet to enhance children’s education by providing access to educational
online content and encouraging self-initiative to discover research resources;

Whereas the number of children who connect to the Internet continues to rise, and
teaching children of all ages to become good cyber-citizens through safe, secure, and ethical
online behaviors and practices is essential to protect their computer systems and
potentially their physical safety;

Whereas the growth and popularity of social networking websites has attracted millions
of teenagers, providing access to a range of valuable services, making it all the
more important to teach young users how to avoid potential threats like cyber bullies,
predators, and identity thieves they may come across while using such services;

Whereas cybersecurity is a critical part of the United States national security and economic
security;

Whereas the United States critical infrastructures and economy rely on the secure
and reliable operation of information networks to support the United States military,
civilian government, energy, telecommunications, financial services, transportation,
health care, and emergency response systems;

Whereas Internet users and information infrastructure owners and operators face an increasing
threat of malicious crime and fraud atacks through viruses, worms, Trojans,
and unwanted programs such as spyware, adware, hacking tools, and password stealers,
that are frequent and fast in propagation,
are costly to repair, and may disable entire systems;

Whereas millions of records containing personally identifiable information have
been lost, stolen, or breached, threatening the security and financial well-being of
United States citizens;

Whereas consumers face significant financial and personal privacy losses due to personally
identifiable information being more exposed to theft and fraud than ever before;

Whereas national organizations, policymakers, government agencies, private sector
companies, nonprofit institutions, schools, academic organizations, consumers, and the
media recognize the need to increase awareness
of cybersecurity and the need for enhanced cybersecurity in the United States;

Whereas coordination between the numerousFederal agencies involved in cybersecurity
efforts is essential to securing the cyberinfrastructure of the United States;

Whereas the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, published in February 2003, recommends
a comprehensive national awareness program to empower all people in the
United States, including businesses, the general workforce, and the general population,
to secure their own parts of cyberspace;

Whereas the White House’s Cyberspace Policy Review, published in May 2009, recommends
that the government initiate a national public awareness and education campaign
to promote cybersecurity; and

Whereas the National Cyber Security Alliance, the Multi-State Information Sharing
and Analysis Center, the Department of Homeland Security, and other organizations
working to improve cybersecurity in the United States have designated October 2009
as the sixth annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month which serves to educate
the people of the United States about the importance of cybersecurity: Now, therefore, be
it Resolved, That the Senate—

(1) supports the goals and ideals of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, as
designated by the National Cyber Security Alliance, the Multi-State Information Sharing
and Analysis Center, the Department of Homeland Security, and other organizations
working to improve cybersecurity in the United States;

(2) continues to work with Federal agencies, businesses, educational institutions,
and other organizations to enhance the state of cybersecurity in the United States; and

(3) congratulates the National Cyber Security Alliance, the Multi-State Information
Sharing and Analysis Center, the Department of Homeland Security, and other organizations
working to improve cybersecurity in the United States on the sixth anniversary
of the National Cybersecurity Month during October 2009.

We think this is a great way to start the month. Look for more in the coming days.

SSO (stay safe Online),

Michael