Michael Kaiser

Michael Kaiser has been the Executive Director of the National Cyber Security Alliance since 2008.

Mar 31, 2017 8:42am
In an effort to test Americans’ cyber awareness, Pew surveyed 1,055 adult internet users living in the United States, asking them 13 questions covering many of the general concepts and basic building blocks of protecting oneself online.
Mar 14, 2017 6:59am
Now, even our vehicles – essential parts of our day-to-day lives – are connected to the internet, and while cars’ collection, storage and use of data can help make life more convenient and efficient, they also present security and privacy risks. It’s important to know what information our cars collect, how they use our data and how we can manage our privacy and identities in a growing connected car landscape.
Feb 7, 2017 5:55am
In an effort to examine internet users’ behaviors toward and interactions with others, Microsoft recently developed the Digital Civility Index (DCI). We spoke with Jacqueline Beauchere, Microsoft’s chief online safety office, to learn more about the index and Microsoft’s work in promoting digital civility globally.
Jan 25, 2017 8:46am
With Data Privacy Day coming up on Jan. 28, there’s no better time to assess the impactful role data plays in modern business – and the challenges we face in data protection.
Jan 19, 2017 1:14pm
Unfortunately, even the most low-tech tax scam can cause lasting and expensive damage. Here are some tips for avoiding scams this tax season.
Nov 23, 2016 6:28am
NCSA encourages everyone to take key steps for shopping safely and securely online this season.
Nov 4, 2016 8:55am
Like the theme for National Cyber Security Awareness Month, protecting small businesses is a shared responsibility between the businesses and government. Government plays a dual role as an educator and if need be an enforcer.
Oct 24, 2016 4:15am
As the Internet of Things grows, it’s important to think about the personal information you are providing to the devices you have now and the ones you might adopt in the future and how that information is collected, managed and stored.
Oct 18, 2016 6:10am
Although we typically talk about things like phishing and tech support scams, ransomware, identity theft and fraud and corporate data breaches when we think about cybercrime, there are online implications of a variety of other crimes.
Oct 11, 2016 5:44am
Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, and everyone at the workplace, from top leadership to entry-level staff, plays a role in protecting the organization, its information and the customers or individuals with which it interacts.
Oct 3, 2016 10:08am
This October is the 13th annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure everyone has the resources they need to be safer, more secure and better able to protect their personal information online.
Sep 28, 2016 2:28pm
President Obama announces a new campaign under the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. ™ effort called Lock Down Your Login.
Mar 9, 2016 6:39am
On Feb. 9, 2016, President Obama announced the implementation of the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP). This plan specifically called for a new national cybersecurity awareness plan that will build off the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. campaign.
Feb 4, 2016 5:04pm
Jan. 28 was the ninth annual Data Privacy Day (DPD). Thank you to everyone who supported DPD and helping us draw awareness to the importance of privacy and protecting personal information. Check out some highlights here.
Feb 4, 2016 1:01pm
NCSAM would not have been so brilliantly successful in 2015 if it wasn't for the efforts and dedication of our Board, Partners and Champions. In this blog, we take a look back at what they did last October.
Feb 3, 2016 2:05pm
The National Cyber Security Alliance is thrilled to share the 2015 National Cyber Security Awareness Month successes.
Jan 28, 2016 5:48am
To coincide with the ninth Data Privacy Day, NCSA and TRUSTe released the U.S. Consumer Privacy Index 2016, which reveals the extent of current consumer privacy concerns.
Oct 26, 2015 4:15pm
Not having enough professionals in the cyber workforce poses risks to both our national security and economy. It is essential that young people graduate from schools prepared to enter the workforce and adulthood using technology safely, securely, ethically and productively.
Oct 19, 2015 6:12am
It's week 4 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which is all about Your Evolving Digital Life. This week we'll highlight where we were, where we are today and how we can keep our digital lives safer and more secure with emerging technology.
Oct 13, 2015 7:18am
Today, we are all digital citizens and need a strong knowledge base and skills to safely navigate our always-connected world. This week of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), we're sharing simple ways we can protect ourselves and those around us and what to do if impacted by a breach or cybercrime.
Oct 5, 2015 6:59am
Week 2 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2015 is underway, and this week we're focusing on creating a culture of cybersecurity at work. Cybersecurity must become a priority for every business and industry, and companies need to proactively protect their most vital assets, employees and customers.
Oct 1, 2015 8:14am
October 1 marks the first day of the 12th annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a collaborative effort among government organizations, businesses of all sizes, educational institutions, nonprofits and consumers to ensure everyone has the resources they need to be safe online.
Sep 16, 2015 6:38am
There are only two weeks until the 12th annual NCSAM, and NCSA and our partners around the world are gearing up for a large-scale effort to grow digital citizens' awareness of the steps they can take to protect themselves and others online.
Aug 12, 2015 8:22am
Our mission at NCSA is to educate and empower a digital society and use the Internet more safely and securely, which is why we are happy to recognize AT&T's new Digital You campaign. Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, and we are thrilled to have AT&T as a board member company and partner in promoting a more trusted Internet.
Jun 10, 2015 6:49am
Coinciding with Internet Safety Month, this June Intel Security (an NCSA Board member company) released findings from its new study, "The Realities of Cyber Parenting: What Pre-teens and Teens Are Up To Online," which examined both parents' concerns and the behaviors of American pre-teens and teenagers online and on social media.
Mar 13, 2015 11:37am
The closer we get to April 15, the more we'll be scampering around collecting receipts and crunching the numbers in hopes of receiving tax refunds. At the same time, cybercriminals and scammers will be working on ways to separate people from their hard-earned money. Learn how you can help prevent bad things from happening around the submission of your taxes.
Mar 10, 2015 6:59am
A new Microsoft-sponsored study released today by the by the UK-based Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) reveals data adults and especially parents should know. Across the globe, young people are taking and sharing nude photos and videos of themselves, and the behavior is being exhibited by even younger age groups. How do we react to these findings in a meaningful way?
Jan 7, 2015 8:52am
EDUCAUSE and the higher education community were active participants in NCSAM 2014. Colleges and universities have continued to offer fun, creative cybersecurity and online safety activities and events for students, faculty, staff and their local communities. Here are a few highlights.
Dec 18, 2014 10:55am
Learn how the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) participated in National Cyber Security Awareness Month this year and get some examples of how your organization can get involved in 2015.
Sep 19, 2014 7:03am
Post your commitment to the ethical and innovative use of data on social media to help meet the goal of 100,000 pledges by Data Privacy Day (Jan. 28, 2015)!
Feb 3, 2014 7:08am
This Tuesday, February 11th, is Safer Internet Day, a worldwide awareness effort to make the Internet a safer place and to harness the power of the Internet for good.
Jan 28, 2014 6:00am
"For those who would frame data privacy as the individual-versus-corporations or individual-versus-government, there are more constructive approaches to protecting privacy than adversarial ones," writes NCSA executive director Michael Kaiser on the annual observation of Data Privacy Day. "And that's why the theme of Data Privacy Day is Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust."
Jan 21, 2014 9:20am
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.
Nov 7, 2013 7:00am
There is probably no technology that has changed the way we stay connected more profoundly and completely than the rise of the mobile Internet. As we move forward with our education and awareness efforts to make Internet users – and by extension, the Internet as a whole – safer and more secure, we’re paying particular attention to the powerful computing devices that so many of us carry in our pockets.
Jun 29, 2013 12:10pm
NCSA executive director Michael Kaiser discusses why summertime is the right time to improve online safety behavior through the national cybersecurity education campaign, STOP. THINK. CONNECT.
Jun 5, 2013 7:00am
At NCSA, we want to make sure that you and your family do all they can to transition into a safer and more secure summer online. We're celebrating Internet Safety Month with two Twitter chats and by encouraging everyone to STOP. THINK. CONNECT.
May 16, 2013 8:20am
We're excited to announce that we'll be working with the LGBT Technology Partnership to encourage greater awareness about online safety issues affecting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender communities.
Jan 10, 2013 8:00am
The Safer Online Teen Challenge is a contest where teens can teach others how to stay safer online by creating a song, video, skit or other original work.
Oct 31, 2012 7:46am
Today is the last day of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). It will take some time to crunch all the numbers and capture the full picture of everything that took place but I sense that this was the best NCSAM ever. At the National Cyber Security Alliance, we are thankful for all the efforts everyone takes to make people aware of how stay safe online. At its core, NCSAM is an organic, grass roots effort.
Oct 23, 2012 12:08pm
Bullying is a persistent and dangerous challenge in both the physical and digital worlds.
Oct 22, 2012 2:44am
The funds are in recognition of the center’s role in tracking international criminals behind the social-media botnet Koobface as well as other spammers.
Sep 28, 2012 10:48am
We all need to do our part to make the Internet safer and more secure. But what is your part?
May 29, 2012 8:45am
For the past several months, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) has been working with other organizations to create the Industry Botnet Group, a voluntary group of companies, trade associations and non-profit organizations established to collaborate, share expertise and aggregate resources to combat botnets.
May 4, 2012 4:42pm
A lot has been written in the last couple of days about the Consumer Reports study on Facebook (Facebook is an NCSA Board Member company) users use of privacy settings.
Nov 21, 2011 2:39pm
Last month, we ended National Cyber Security Awareness Month with a landmark event. We signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to formally institute and promote cyber security education programs in K-12 schools, higher education, and career and technical education environments nationwide.
Oct 31, 2011 5:53pm
Is your computer set to automatically check for software and security updates? Do you type your name in search engines to see what personal information is online? Have you customized your security and personal information settings on social networks?
Oct 3, 2011 10:45am
President Obama today proclaimed October National Cyber Security Awareness Month!
Aug 4, 2011 5:34pm
Today, the Department of Commerce released a study about the gender gap of women in STEM careers.
Jun 1, 2011 6:25pm
Of course it's not surprising that the bad guys would go after Gmail accounts. Any pathway to personal information is a target for cybercriminals in their malicious attempts to exploit personal information for monetary or other gain.
May 27, 2011 10:23am
Mayor Bloomberg has noble intentions in making New York City the world's highest-ranking digital city and with the recent release of, “Road Map for the Digital City: Achieving New York City's Digital Future,” he underscored this goal even further.