EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The Center for Internet Security (CIS) today announces a number of activities and resources available to the public in celebration of the Tenth Annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). NCSAM highlights the importance of empowering citizens, businesses, government, and schools to improve their cyber security preparedness. NCSAM is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), partnered with the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (a division of CIS), the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), and many other public and private sector organizations across the nation.
“We are pleased to once again join DHS and our other partners in providing resources to help improve our collective cyber security.”
“Protecting against cyber threats is a key challenge for organizations of all sizes in both the public and private sectors, and serves as a constant reminder of the need to promote cyber security awareness across the nation,” said William Pelgrin, CIS president and CEO, and MS-ISAC chair. “We are pleased to once again join DHS and our other partners in providing resources to help improve our collective cyber security.”
“Cyber Security Awareness Month puts an important spotlight on cyber safety,” said Thomas Duffy, MS-ISAC executive director. “There are many steps we can take to help defend against cyber threats and we encourage everyone to take advantage of the resources available – not only for Awareness Month, but throughout the year.”
National Webcast - October 10
CIS is hosting a live webcast on Thursday, October 10 at 2:00pm Eastern in partnership with DHS and NASCIO to provide users with practical tips for staying safe online. The webcast is free and open to the public. Registration is available at https://msisac.cisecurity.org/webcast/2013-10/index.cfm
Online Cyber Pledge
CIS is conducting its third annual Cyber Security Pledge campaign, which encourages citizens to declare their commitment to online safety. The pledge outlines positive behaviors, such as creating strong passwords, protecting mobile devices, and reporting cyber security incidents. Thus far, nearly 6,000 citizens have signed the pledge.
The pledge is available throughout October at https://msisac.cisecurity.org/cyber-pledge/
State and Local Government Best of the Web Contest
In preparation for Awareness Month, CIS launched its fifth annual Best of the Web contest earlier this year to recognize state and local governments that use their websites to promote cyber security. Websites were reviewed based on several criteria including cyber security content, usability, accessibility, and appearance.
The finalists in the state government category are Alabama, Delaware, Michigan, and Vermont.
The finalists in the local government category are Chesterfield County, VA; city of Phoenix, AZ; Sacramento County, CA; and the city of Seattle, WA.
To view the websites of all finalists, please visit: http://msisac.cisecurity.org/resources/best-of-the-web/2013-contest.cfm Winners will be announced on this site later in the month.
Cyber Security Toolkit
CIS has developed a Cyber Security Toolkit that features a variety of material, including calendars, posters and bookmarks, with important tips for staying safe online. The Toolkit was distributed to all 50 states, the District of Columbia and several U.S. Territories for use in awareness campaigns.
The Toolkit is free and available electronically at https://msisac.cisecurity.org/resources/toolkit/oct13/index.cfm#toolkit
Additional information and resources for educating citizens on cyber issues and implementing sound cyber security practices are available at the following websites:
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security – www.dhs.gov/cyber
- STOP.THINK.CONNECT. National Campaign – www.stopthinkconnect.org
- National Association of State Chief Information Officers – www.nascio.org
- National Cyber Security Alliance – www.StaySafeOnline.org
About the Center for Internet Security
The Center for Internet Security (CIS) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization focused on enhancing the cyber security readiness and response of public and private sector entities, with a commitment to excellence through collaboration. CIS produces consensus-based, best practice secure configuration benchmarks and security automation content, and serves as the key cyber security resource for state, local, territorial and tribal governments, including chief information security officers, homeland security advisors and fusion centers. CIS provides products and resources that help partners achieve security goals through expert guidance and cost-effective solutions. To learn more please visit cisecurity.org or follow us at @CISecurity.