NEWS | Sept. 30, 2015

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

By US Department of Homeland Security

We live in a world that is more connected than ever before. The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone's daily life, whether we realize it or not. We connect with friends and family, conduct business and banking online and rely on many services, like transportation and electricity that are supported by online systems.

Technology has spearheaded advancements in healthcare, education, business, music, government, and many other industries. As technology progresses, our lives become easier and more connected. However, being constantly connected brings increased risk of theft, fraud and abuse. No country, industry, community or individual is immune to cyber risks.

As a nation, we face constant cyber threats to our critical infrastructure and economy. As individuals, cybersecurity risks can threaten our finances, identity and privacy. Since our way of life depends on critical infrastructure and the digital technology that operates it, cybersecurity is one of our country's most important national security priorities, and we each have a role to play--cybersecurity is a shared responsibility.

Recognizing the importance of cybersecurity to the nation, President Obama designated October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives, National Cyber Security Awareness Month's goal is to raise awareness about cybersecurity and increase the nation's resiliency in the event of a cyber-incident. National Cyber Security Awareness Month is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center.

Sources:  http://www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month