Internet Users Should Know Safety and Security Are Vital

By Monday, Beau | Honolulu Star - Advertiser, October 8, 2013 | Go to article overview

Internet Users Should Know Safety and Security Are Vital


Monday, Beau, Honolulu Star - Advertiser


This October marks the 10th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which was launched by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance to promote awareness about using the Internet responsibly.

This year's theme -- "Our Shared Responsibility" -- notes that the Internet is a shared resource and securing it is our shared responsibility. The simple message is "STOP. THINK. CONNECT." Understanding the consequences of your online actions and behaviors will greatly reduce the hazards of using the Internet.

On the National Cyber Security Alliance's website staysafeonline.org, weekly themes deliver awareness education in different focus areas:

-- Week 1, Oct. 1-6: General online safety and STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

Reflections on cybersecurity accomplishments to date and what we need to achieve in the decade to come. Week 1 also aimed to raise online safety awareness among all Americans, reinforce the simple measures everyone should take and underscore that cybersecurity is a shared responsibility.

-- Week 2, Oct. 7-13: Being mobile: Online Safety and Security.

We take the convenience and productivity of the Internet everywhere we go. We work untethered from a physical location, stay connected as we travel and use portable devices to shop, bank and manage our daily lives from anywhere. Week 2 highlights the need to maintain a focus on safety and security whenever we use the Internet.

-- Week 3, Oct. 14-20: Cyber Education and the Next Generation of Cyber Leaders.

To have a cybersecure nation, we need a population that uses the Internet safely and ethically, and a workforce of cybersecurity professionals to defend our networks. …

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