October 2011 is National Cyber Security Awareness Month by order of the President of the United States, Barack Obama. President Obama issued the proclamation at the beginning of the month. Read the Proclamation we posted below.
Google has taken charge with making its users aware of this special month and at the same time has opened a new Google Security Center. Google is offering free tips and advice on how to stay safe. We highly recommend everyone visit the Google Security Center and learn more.
Computer users around the nation are encouraged to educate themselves on how to stay safe while surfing the internet. Online threats are growing at an exponential rate and software companies are having a very hard time keeping up. Therefore it is up to the computer user themselves to be aware of the threats and not depend solely on security software.
President Obama has begun the “Stop. Think. Connect.” campaign to help with educating the public. The “Stop. Think. Connect.” campaign is a coalition of numerous public and private sector companies with the goal of spreading the word on staying safe online. The “Stop. Think. Connect.” website offers tips and advice for everyone to follow.
We highly encourage everyone to educate themselves on staying safe online. Spyware, Malware, Viruses and numerous other types of threats are only going to grow and become more sophisticated. Education is the best way to combat these growing threats. To not become a victim. Become an educated computer user that can spread the word on how to stay safe online.
Presidential Proclamation–National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS MONTH, 2011
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Americans, along with people around the world, depend on the Internet and digital tools for all aspects of our lives — from mobile devices to online commerce and social networking. This fundamental reliance is why our digital infrastructure is a strategic national asset, and why its security is our shared responsibility. This month, we recognize the role we all play in ensuring our information and communications infrastructure is interoperable, secure, reliable, and open to all.
Early in my Administration, we began updating our Nation’s cybersecurity programs and policies. We developed a comprehensive plan that ensures a coordinated national response to major disruptive cyber events. This May, we also proposed to the Congress a plan to strengthen protection of our power grids, water systems, and other critical infrastructure. And because we have seen the benefits and risks of cyber- and information-related technologies play out across the world, this year we laid out the first comprehensive international vision for the future of the Internet. It sets an agenda for partnering with other nations and better defines how we can ensure the secure, free flow of information and promote universal rights, privacy, and prosperity.
Every American has a stake in securing our networks and personal information, and we are working across the public and private sectors to ensure coordinated and planned responses to cyber incidents, as we do with natural disasters. The vast majority of our critical information infrastructure is owned and operated by businesses and enterprises across America. To help protect them, my Administration is collaborating with the private sector on best security practices, while continuing to provide the resources necessary for innovation — including expanded broadband access and smarter electric grids.
Cybersecurity is a necessity for both businesses and consumers, and that is why we released the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace. This plan improves security for consumers conducting e-commerce by helping prevent fraud and identity theft and by making it easier for businesses to operate online. We are also working with community-based organizations and public- and private-sector partners to empower digital citizens to make safe choices online through our “Stop. Think. Connect.” campaign.
The same American ingenuity that put a man on the moon also created the Internet, launching an information revolution. We must now harness that spirit of innovation to develop the next generation of accessible, secure technologies to build a safer, more prosperous future for all Americans.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 2011 as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. I call upon the people of the United States to recognize the importance of cybersecurity and to observe this month with activities, events, and trainings that will enhance our national security and resilience.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this third day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.