Observed each October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). It is an opportunity for the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) to educate computer users on cyber security threats and the importance of staying safe and secure online when on the Internet.
Another enterprise that has outreached to the public this month to honor NCSAM is USTelecom (News - Alert), a US broadband teleco association. On Monday, October 1, they addressed to the public their Cybersecurity Toolkit, which is a one-of-a-kind resource about all the important information to know on cyberspace technology, such as threats and attacks, roles and responsibilities of broadband service providers, government initiatives, about laws and regulations, policies and standards in place, activities and best practices to follow, plus a whole lot more (like a cybersecurity glossary and links to self-help tools for computer users to keep them safe and secure online).
The Toolkit unveiled by USTelecom provides a lot of information, which is up-to-date and appropriate for all agencies and departments involved in the cyber mission. Those interested in what the Cybersecurity Toolkit has to offer can find a PowerPoint presentation that is downloadable at their website.
In addition to the Cybersecurity Toolkit, for those that want to take part in the NCSAM can by taking an online safety survey. This is a great occasion “to learn more about how to heighten awareness and implement online safety programs […],” says the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc., or (ISC)2, who is another business sector onboard to support NCSAM and public awareness of cyber safety.
Computer users can expect to find more cybersecurity information available, each week, from both private and public sectors who have decided to get involved to highlight NCSAM; some have already advertised several events while others have placed guides and tips on their websites to promote cyber security - the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) is one such site which is providing a number of educational and awareness resources.
To learn more about National Cyber Security Awareness Month, one can visit the Stay Safe Online website, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website or the FBI website. All three sites have info pertinent to NCSAM.
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