We lead Web-based, digital lives.
We have moved beyond connecting to the Internet while being tethered to a computer. Now, we can get online from a myriad of devices, including smart phones and tablets, that can be used virtually anywhere at any time. Even when we are not directly connected, the Internet supports our everyday lives through our financial transactions, transportation systems, emergency response systems, personal communication and more. This reliance will only increase as digital technology advances and Internet access increases.
If we are to maximize the potential of a digital society, we must protect the resource that makes it possible.
The Internet is a shared resource and securing it is Our Shared Responsibility.
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. We need to understand that individual actions have a collective impact and when we use the Internet safely we make it more secure for everyone. The actions may differ based on our personal and professional responsibilities. However, if each of us does our part—implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating young people or training employees—together we will be a more resilient digital society.
It starts with STOP. THINK. CONNECT., a simple action for all of us to employ to stay safer and more secure online.
- STOP: Before you use the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems.
- THINK: Take a moment to be certain the path ahead is clear. Watch for warning signs and consider how your actions online could impact your safety, or your family’s.
- CONNECT: Enjoy the Internet with greater confidence, knowing you’ve taken the right steps to safeguard yourself and your computer.
By incorporating Our Shared Responsibility and STOP. THINK. CONNECT. into your online routine, you will be doing your part in protecting yourself, your family, your community and your country.
About National Cyber Security Awareness Month
National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), conducted every October since 2004, is an annual awareness-raising effort that seeks to encourage everyone to protect their networks and our nation’s critical cyber infrastructure.
Cyber security requires vigilance 365 days per year. However, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), are the champions and founders of National Cyber Security Awareness Month and work together during the month of October to increase general cybersecurity awareness.
What are you doing for National Cyber Security Awareness Month?
The success of National Cyber Security Awareness Month rests on all of us doing what we can do to engage those around us to be safe and secure online. There are opportunities for everyone to get involved, no matter what their role is.