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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month pointing the way to online safety

by Steve Schwartz on

Better online safety for all is a goal of the 10th Anniversary National Cyber Security Awareness Month being observed in October. It was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.

The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), through its website says that:

Each and every one of us needs to do our part to make sure that our online lives are kept safe and secure. That’s what National Cyber Security Awareness Month—observed in October —is all about!

Government agencies and the private sector will work together to try to better educate the general public on ways to ensure better online safety, and we at Intersections and Identity Guard are joining in on the effort.

The U. S. Department of Homeland Security says:

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and it is an opportunity to engage public and private sector stakeholders - especially the general public - to create a safe, secure, and resilient cyber environment. Everyone has to play a role in cybersecurity. Constantly evolving cyber threats require the engagement of the entire nation — from government and law enforcement to the private sector and most importantly, the public

With a goal of reducing identity theft, we can all get involved in this effort to better educate ourselves and those around us in cyber-safety. reminds us that "Cybersecurity is Our Shared Responsibility."  The organization has detailed ways that everyone can get involved and make a difference this October and thereafter.

With the goal of making others around us - and that includes our families, our friends, those in organizations and groups we belong to and even our places of employment and co-workers - the Council suggests, for instance, that we use the Social Media to spread the word by posting online safety tips and using "Twitter to disseminate information and encourage customers and employees to learn more about staying safe online."

In our homes it is suggested that we "Send an email to friends and family informing them that October 2013 is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and encourage them to visit" It is also suggested we hold a family meeting to discuss how each member of the family can help to protect themselves from ID theft and to protect their online devices from cyber-attacks. As a reader of these blogs knows, I have long advocated such family interactions.

The website gives ways we can further awareness of the Cyber Security Awareness Month in our schools and our places of work.

We can each become National Cyber Security Awareness Month champions, the sign-up process is easy.

We need to make the Internet a safer place for all of us. Online safety is the goal and that is more than a one month effort. But this month, National Cyber Security Awareness Month, is a good time to start.