NCSA joins with Target, NCFTA and the BBB in cybersecurity education and awareness effort

Jan 21, 2014 9:20am

The data breach at Target in advance of the holiday shopping season is a stark reminder that cybercrime is alive and well. Cyber criminals are sophisticated, stealthy and will engage in a variety of techniques to steal data about people or intellectual property that can be monetized.

Today, Target announced that has NCSA joined a coalition Target is creating with the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA), and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to initiate an education campaign to help people stay safer online. 

The coalition is one of the many efforts that Target has underway in response to the breach. An open letter from CEO and Target President Gregg Steinhafel about their overall efforts following the breach can be found here and website that details Targets ongoing response efforts can be found here.

At NCSA, we always start with a basic premise that making the Internet safer, more secure and trusted is a shared responsibility. We need every Internet user - from the largest corporations, to people in their homes - to take security precautions and think about the consequences of their actions and behaviors. That’s why, when Target invited us to participate in a coalition around cybersecurity education and awareness, we agreed to join.

In forming the coalition, Target’s CEO and President said the following:

"Target has a longstanding history of commitment to our communities, and cybersecurity is one of the most pressing issues facing consumers today. We are proud to be working with three nationally recognized, trusted organizations - the Better Business Bureau, the National Cyber Security Alliance and the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance - to advance public education around cybersecurity and the dangers of consumer scams."

NCSA has had the opportunity to work directly with the BBB and NCFTA and know both organizations as being trusted entities truly committed to cybersecurity and online safety.

For example, the BBB is a partner of the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. campaign One great example of that work is a PSA made by the BBB of Eastern Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont.

There will be many more details about the coalition in the coming days and weeks and we will keep you apprised of the effort.