October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

The Ninth Annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month is coming up in October 2012 as a collective effort nationally and within the Commonwealth and local communities of Massachusetts.

Governor Patrick has shown his support by signing a Proclamation observing October as Cyber Awareness month, and to show our support we are asking everyone of all ages in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to take the Cyber Pledge.

Everyone is encouraged to sign the Cyber Pledge and demonstrate the commitment to taking cyber security seriously. If we each pledge to do our part to make our piece of cyber space just a little bit more secure, we can truly make a difference in helping protect our nation s cyber security.

Also, the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC)1 has launched its Cyber Pledge contest, which aims to raise awareness about staying safe online and encourages individuals to confirm their commitment to doing their part to keep cyber space safe. This pledge is one of several initiatives underway to celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness Month this October.

The MS-ISAC, a division of the Center for Internet Security, is the focal point for cyber threat prevention, protection, response and recovery for the nation s state, local, territorial and tribal (SLTT) governments.

Massachusetts is a member of the MS-ISAC and is pleased to participate in this national pledge.

Cyber Security Is Our Shared Responsibility and there are many steps we can take at home, work and school to protect ourselves and our information online, such as locking our computer when we leave our work area, never leaving a written password near our computer, or safeguarding portable computing equipment when in public places.

Confirm your commitment to staying safe online and show your state pride: take the Cyber Pledge today.2

Massachusetts made an impressive showing in last year s Cyber Pledge contest, garnering the second-highest number of pledges nationwide.

Help us take the top spot this year!

Spread the word to co-workers, friends, family, and community members.

Make the Commonwealth #1 in the country.

Stop, Think, Connect

References

  1. ^ Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) (msisac.cisecurity.org)
  2. ^ take the Cyber Pledge today. (msisac.cisecurity.org)

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