2011 National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Cyber Security Is Our Shared Responsibility
The Eight Annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month was celebrated during October 2011, as a collective effort among the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Cyber Security Division, the National Cyber Security Alliance and the National Association of State Chief Information Officers.
The month highlighted the importance of empowering citizens, businesses, government, and schools to improve their cyber security preparedness. In this digital age, we are all connected; the actions of one can impact many. Thus, it is essential that each of us understand our important role in securing cyberspace.
In recognition of the 2011 Cyber Security Awareness Month campaign, the MS-ISAC provided a number of educational and awareness resources, including the following:
The MS-ISAC Cyber Security Toolkit featured educational material designed to raise cyber security awareness through a variety of informative and practical means. The Toolkit was developed and distributed by the MS-ISAC to all 50 states as well as U.S. Territories, with customizable material that could be widely shared across government, businesses, schools and citizens. The 2011 Toolkit material is available for download:
(Important: Please download the Cyber Security Toolkit instructions below for usage of Toolkit material, reproduction and customized branding.)
- Cyber Security Toolkit Instructions for Printing and Customized Branding Download: DOC
- Cyber Security Awareness Calendar Download: PDF
- Cyber Security Awareness Posters Download: PDF
- Cyber Security Awareness Bookmarks Download: ZIP
- NCSA Educational Material -- Posters, Bookmarks, and more
All 50 governors were invited to endorse Cyber Security Awareness Month through the issuance of a proclamation or letter of support. Such recognition at the highest levels of government is an important component in ensuring all Americans have the opportunity to learn more about cyber security and how to safeguard themselves from cyber-based threats. This year again, all 50 governors signed a proclamation or letter of support.
Local Government Proclamations
We are also encouraging local government officials to recognize Cyber Security Awareness Month by signing proclamations or letters of support.
The following Local Governments have reported signing Proclamations thus far:
- City of Little Rock, AR
- City of San Diego, CA
- City of Dover, DE
- Lane County, OR
- Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, TN
- City of Richmond, VA
- Wood County, WV
- City of Manhattan, KS
- City of Minneapolis, MN
- City of Hickory, NC
The MS-ISAC advertised the following events:
On June 1, 2011, the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) launched its 3rd annual "Best of the Web" contest, which aims to recognize state and local governments that use their websites to promote cyber security.
On July 1st, the MS-ISAC's Education and Awareness Workgroup began judging cyber security websites for all 50 state governments and many local governments based upon several criteria including cyber security content, usability, accessibility, and appearance. The goal of the contest is to recognize commendable sites and highlight them as best practices for others to consider when developing or re-designing their own sites.
More information about the finalists and winners is available here.
Additional information and resources for educating citizens on cyber issues and implementing sound cyber security practices are available at the following websites: