National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which is celebrated every October, 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. In order to help with preparedness, the Homeland Security Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) is excited to share best practices and helpful tools from Stop Think Connect (http://www.stopthinkconnect.org/) to improve everyone’s ability to prepare, prevent, and respond to cyber attacks.
We lead Internet-connected, digital lives. From our desks and homes to on the go, we work, learn, and play online. Even when we are not directly connected to the Internet, our critical infrastructure—the vast, worldwide connection of computers, data, and websites supporting our everyday lives through financial transactions, transportation systems, healthcare records, emergency response systems, personal communications, and more—impacts everyone.
Cyber security is the mechanism that maximizes our ability to grow commerce, communications, community, and content in a connected world. The Internet is a shared resource and securing it is Our Shared Responsibility. Our Shared Responsibility is once again the theme for National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2014.
No individual, business, or government entity is solely responsible for securing the Internet. Everyone has a role in securing their part of cyberspace, including the devices and networks they use. Individual actions have a collective impact and when we use the Internet safely, we make it more secure for everyone. If each of us does our part, such as implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating young people, or training employees, together we will be a digital society safer and more resistant from attacks and more resilient if an attack occurs. Visit Stay Safe Online (http://www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam/about) and the Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center (http://msisac.cisecurity.org/resources/toolkit/Oct14/index.cfm#other) to learn more about NCSAM.