National Cyber Security Awareness Month to Launch at the 2014 NASCIO Annual Conference

Facebook Live Broadcasts Kickoff Event Featuring Federal, State and Local Officials and Private Sector Digital Industry Leaders


Washington, DC, Sept. 30, 2014 – The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), the nation's leading nonprofit public-private partnership promoting the safe and secure use of the Internet, will launch the 2014 National Cyber Security Awareness Month on October 1 at the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The official kick-off event will feature several leaders from both public and private sectors coming together to promote online safety awareness including White House Cyber Security Advisor Michael Daniel and Department of Homeland Security Deputy Under Secretary Phyllis Schneck.

"We're thrilled to kick-off NCSAM 2014 in Nashville this year and are looking forward to an engaging dialogue with some of the nation's top cybersecurity experts," saidMichael Kaiser, Executive Director, NCSA. "We want to thank Facebook for providing a live stream of the event for the fourth year in row. Streaming the NCSAM launch on Facebook Live will allow us to reach a broader audience than ever before with a clear message to join forces this October and beyond to build a safer, more secure Internet."

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. The event, including remarks from government and private sector officials as well as panel discussions, will be available for viewing via Facebook Live beginning at 9 A.M. CDT/10 A.M. EDT at:

"Security awareness is one of the most powerful tools available for protecting people's information in today's online environment," said Joe Sullivan, Chief Security Officer, Facebook. "Connecting people securely is core to what we do at Facebook, and we look forward to seeing what we can achieve this month as a community."

Additional NCSAM keystone events will take place in Washington, D.C.San Diego,New York City, and Orlando, FL, alongside partner events and activities across the country in the coming weeks.

Global launch of the 11th Annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month – Our Shared Responsibility – at the NASCIO 2014 Annual Conference at the Omni Hotel inNashville, Tennessee.

Featured Speakers: 

  • Mark Bengel, State Chief Information Officer, State of Tennessee
  • Honorable Bill Haslam, Governor, State of Tennessee (invited)
  • DHS Deputy Under Secretary Phyllis Schneck
  • Representative Diane Black (TN-6)
  • Michael Kaiser, Executive Director, National Cyber Security Alliance
  • Chris Boyer, Assistant VP, Public Policy, AT&T Inc. and NCSA Board Member
  • Michael Brown, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret) and VP & GM Global Public Sector at RSA, The Security Division of EMC
  • Marcus Sachs, VP, National Security Policy, Verizon Communications
  • Will Pelgrin, President and CEO, Center for Internet Security
  • Stu Davis, State Chief Information Officer and Assistant Director, State of Ohio(EmCee)

Michael Daniel, Special Assistant to the President and Cyber Security Coordinator,will deliver closing remarks.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

  • 9:00 AM CDT/10:00 AM EDT – National Cyber Security Awareness Month Launch
  • 11:45 A.M. CDT/12:45 P.M. EDT – Closing keynote by Michael Daniel

NASCIO 2014 Annual Conference: 
Omni Nashville Hotel 
250 5th Ave. S.  
Nashville, TN 37203 
Broadway Ballroom East, Level Two

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