President Barack Obama has proclaimed the month of October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, stating that Americans everywhere prosper because of the nation’s digital infrastructure, and therefore all citizens must defend it.
Calling cybersecurity “our shared responsibility”, Obama reflected on the fast pace of progress driven by technology, and how attacks like computer viruses and malware on computers systems can freeze networks, compromise confidentiality, and endanger ordinary citizens and children.
National Cybersecurity Awareness Month was initiated in 2004 by the Department of Homeland Security; DHS has been tasked with protecting the nation’s infrastructure from both foreign and domestic cyber-threats. The theme of this month is “Stop. Think. Connect”, a central pillar meant to illustrate the need for active participation of every user and administrator as part of cyber security deterrence and protection.
DHS is leading the federal initiative to enhance awareness of cybersecurity for both business and individuals, and is working in conjunction with federal, state, and local agencies, as well as private industry to counter cyber attack. Events are planned throughout the month to raise the profile of cybersecurity, and to offer information and best practices to enhance the security of America’s shared online networks.
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