National Cyber Security Awareness Month

national cyber security awareness month

The Twelfth Annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month is being celebrated during October 2015 as a collective effort among the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the National Cyber Security Alliance, and the National Association of State Chief Information Officers to raise cyber security awareness nationwide and empower citizens, businesses, government and schools to improve their cyber security preparedness and help promote a safe Internet experience.  This united effort is necessary to maintain a cyberspace that is safer, more resilient, and remains a source of tremendous opportunity and growth for years to come.

We now live in a world that is more connected than ever before.  The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether we realize it or not.  We connect with friends and family, conduct business and banking online and rely on many services, like transportation and electricity, that are supported with online systems.  Technology has spearheaded advancements in healthcare, education, business, music, government, and many other industries.  As technology advances, our lives become easier and more connected.  However, being constantly connected brings increased risk of theft, fraud, and abuse.  No country, industry, community, or individual is immune to cyber risks.  As a nation, we face constant cyber threats against our critical infrastructure and economy.  As individuals, cybersecurity risks can threaten our finances, identity, and privacy.  Since our way of life depends on critical infrastructure and the digital technology that operates it, cybersecurity is one of our country’s most important national security priorities, and we each have a role to play—cybersecurity is a shared responsibility.

Concern about identity theft rates slightly higher than fears of job and healthcare loss, according to a 2010 national survey conducted for the National Cyber Security Alliance and Anti-Phishing Working Group.  Fifty-four percent of Americans are extremely concerned about loss of personal or financial information.  By comparison, 53 percent are concerned about losing their jobs, while 51 percent feared not being able to provide healthcare for their family.

“Maintaining the security of cyberspace is a shared responsibility in which each of us has a critical role to play,” said state Chief Information Officer Todd Nacapuy.  “In addition to the importance of protecting personal and other sensitive information, critical infrastructure sectors are increasingly reliant on information systems to support financial services, energy, telecommunications, transportation, utilities, health care, and emergency response systems.

“The state is doing its part in aligning our cyber security approach with national frameworks and deploying additional security tools and practices to increase protection against network-based threats.”

October Events & Materials

Governor Ige Proclaims October Cyber Security Awareness Month In Hawaii

On September 22, 2015 Governor David Y. Ige and Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui proclaimed the month of October 2015 as Cyber Security Awareness Month in Hawaii.  Click here to view the proclamation.

Cyber Security Awareness Toolkit

The Cyber Security Awareness Toolkit features educational material designed to raise cyber security awareness through a variety of informative and practical means.  Click to download the Cyber Security Awareness material: Cyber Security Awareness Toolkit.

Tips and Resources to Stay Safe Online

Article courtesy of the National Cyber Security Alliance

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and it’s a good time to take a hard look how our online behaviors may be putting us in harm’s way.  By following a few common sense tips, you can make the most out of your Internet experience, while protecting you and your family from online threats.  Click to read Tips and Resources to Stay Safe Online.