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NCSA Names October National Cyber Security Awareness Month
[October 01, 2010]

NCSA Names October National Cyber Security Awareness Month


Sep 30, 2010 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a public-private partnership focused on educating a digital citizenry to stay safe and secure online, continues to see interest and participation in the 2010 National Cyber Security Awareness Month from a variety of companies, educators and government agencies.



NCSA, along with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, sponsors National Cyber Security Awareness Month every October since its founding in 2003. The three organizations work together to help consumers, schools, businesses and government agencies stay safe online, with October being a special time for focused public awareness and education.

According to NCSA, October will kick off with three events: - On October 4, the NCSA will hold the National Cyber Security Awareness Month Launch Event at the Seattle Public Library in Seattle, Wash., from 9 am to 12 pm Pacific Time (12 to 3 pm Eastern Time). Howard Schmidt, Special Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator of the White House, and Jane Holl Lute, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will deliver keynotes at the event.


- Also as part of the launch event on October 4, TechAmerica and the NCSA will kick off National Cyber Security Awareness Month from the East Coast from 9 am to 11 am Pacific Time (12 to 2 pm Eastern Time), hosted by Lockheed Martin. Speakers will include Charles Croom, VP of Cyber Security Solutions, Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions, and Phil Bond, President and CEO, TechAmerica.

- In addition, the NCSA and the Anti-Phishing Working Group will hold an all-day event on October 6 at Intel corporate headquarters in Santa Clara, California. The event will be a celebration and call to action to employ the new unified message created by a coalition of industry, nonprofit and government. Panels will discuss details of the campaign, the research that was conducted, and how together we can implement this message to make people safer and more secure online and create a culture of cyber awareness.

"National Cyber Security Awareness Month has become an annual success due to the tremendous coordination and participation from citizens, companies, organizations and governments throughout the nation," said NCSA Executive Director Michael Kaiser. "Cyber security is our shared responsibility and last year we reached millions of Americans with that message and this year hope to reach even more." The National Cyber Security Alliance is a nonprofit organization. Through collaboration with the government, corporate, non-profit and academic sectors, the mission of the NCSA is to equip a digital citizenry to use the Internet securely and safely protecting themselves and the technology they use and the digital assets we all share. NCSA works to create a culture of cyber security and safety through education and awareness activities.

National Cyber Security Awareness month now in its seventh year is a coordinated effort of the National Cyber Security Alliance, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MSISAC).

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