2012 National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Cyber Security Is Our Shared Responsibility

The Ninth Annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month is being celebrated during October 2012, 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.

This month highlights 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 2012 Cyber Security Awareness Month campaign, the MS-ISAC is providing a number of educational and awareness resources, including the following:

60-Second Radio PSAs

2012 Cyber Pledge Campaign
Awareness Month Webcast
MS-ISAC 2012 Poster Contest
Join CIS for Awareness Month Activities
MS-ISAC Cyber Security Toolkit
State and Local Government Proclamations
MS-ISAC State and Local Government Best of the Web Contest
Link to Cyber Security Events
Joint MS-ISAC and NCSA Awareness Month Twitter Chat
Other Resources and Partnerships

 

Awareness Month Twitter Chat

When: Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 at 3 p.m. ET/noon PT
Guests: The National Cyber Security Alliance (@StaySafeOnline), MS-ISAC/Center for Internet Security (@CISecurity)
RSVP: http://chatstcseptember202012.eventbrite.com/
Additional Information: Use the hashtag #ChatSTC to join the conversation!

Join "STOP. THINK. CONNECT"., the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Multi-State Information Sharing Analysis Center as we gear up for National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October. Learn easy ways to get involved and make a difference in your home, school, office and community.

Cyber Pledge Contest

The MS-ISAC once again launced its Cyber Pledge Contest. The pledge period opened on September 10th and continues through October 31st.

We invite you to join with thousands of other individuals across the country who are asserting their commitment to online safety. By signing the MS-ISAC National Cyber Pledge you are affirming that you will take security seriously and use good practices both at home and at work.

After you sign the pledge, please tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors...everyone you can! 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.

The pledge is available here: http://msisac.cisecurity.org/cyber-pledge/. A promotional slick sheet is also available to help you sperad the word in your organization.

Awareness Month National Webcast: Cyber Security: What You Should Know to Stay Safe Online

This webcast, being conducted in recognition of October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month will provided useful guidance to the non-technical user on the necessary steps to protect themselves and their computers from cyber incidents including using secure passwords, identifying and avoiding phishing and social engineering attacks, shopping safely online, patching and updating systems, and securing mobile devices.

This webcast is scheduled for October 11th. More information is available here: http://msisac.cisecurity.org/webcast/2012-10/

MS-ISAC 2012 Poster Contest

The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) is once again conducting a national K-12 Computer Safety Contest to encourage young people to use the Internet safely and securely and to craft messages and images that will best resonate with their peers across the country. The contest will launch on October 11th, 2012.

The contest will be open to all public, private or home-schooled students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Winning entries of the National Contest will be included in the MS-ISAC 2014 Calendar, which is distributed to every state in the country as part of the MS-ISAC Cyber Security Awareness Toolkit. Entries received may also be used in other national, regional and state cyber and computer security awareness campaigns.

Last year's contest included more than 800 student entries from 12 states. More information about the 2013 Poster Contest is available here: http://msisac.cisecurity.org/awareness/poster2013/index.cfm

Join CIS for Awareness Month Activities


When: October 10th
Guests: William F. Pelgrin, CIS CEO
Additional Information: William Pelgrin, CIS CEO provides keynote at Minnesota Cyber Security Summit
Link/RSVP: http://www.cybersecuritysummit.org/index.html


When:
October 17th
Guests: Shehzad Mirza, Director of Security Operations Center
Additional Information: Join Shehzad Mirza, Director of the Security Operations Center, on October 17 for webcast on Cloud Computing
Link/RSVP: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/614595202


When:
October 18th
Guests: Center for Internet Security
Additional Information: CIS is proud to serve as a sponsor of Government Technology Texas CIO Academy in Austin, TX
Link/RSVP: http://www.govtech.com/events/Texas-CIO-Academy-2012.html


When:
October 19th
Guests: Kristin Judge, Executive Director of the Trusted Purchasing Alliance
Additional Information: Hear Kristin Judge, Executive Director of the Trusted Purchasing Alliance, speak on October 19th at the National Council of County Association Executives in Williamsburg, VA.
Link/RSVP: http://www.naco.org/about/partners/nccae/Pages/default.aspx


When:
October 24th
Guests: Kristin Judge, Executive Director of the Trusted Purchasing Alliance
Additional Information: Hear Kristin Judge, Executive Director of the Trusted Purchasing Alliance, speak on October 24th at the National League of Cities in Charleston, South Carolina
Link/RSVP: http://www.nlc.org/about-nlc/state-league-programs/nlc-risk-information-sharing-consortium/nlc-risc-staff-conference

When: October 25th
Guests: Shehzad Mirza, Director of Security Operations Center
Additional Information: Hear Shehzad Mirza, Director of the Security Operations Center, on October 10th, during the Cyber Town Hall Cyber Webcast sponsored by Cisco.
Link/RSVP: http://1105govinfocustom.1105cms01.com/events/2012/1025-virtual-cybersecurity/home.aspx


When:
October 30th
Guests: William F. Pelgrin, CIS CEO
Additional Information: Hear William F. Pelgrin, CIS CEO, speak on October 30th at a SANS Webcast event discussing how to create engaging training
Link/RSVP: https://www.sans.org/webcasts/create-engaging-program-people-3nd-series-95539

MS-ISAC Cyber Security Toolkit

The MS-ISAC Cyber Security Toolkit features educational material designed to raise cyber security awareness through a variety of informative and practical means. The Toolkit is being developed and will be 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 2012 Toolkit material is available for download below.

(Important: Please contact the MS-ISAC for instructions for usage of Toolkit material, reproduction and customized branding.)

  • 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

 

Governors' Proclamations

All 50 governors are being 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. Last year, 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.

Cyber Security Events

The National Cyber Security Alliance has advertised several events at its website: http://www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam/events. If your organization has an event coming up, please click here to let NCSA know about it: http://www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam/events/submit-ncsam-event

MS-ISAC State and Local Government Best of the Web Contest

On July 1, 2012, the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) launched its 4th annual "Best of the Web" contest, which aims to recognize state and local governments that use their websites to promote cyber security.

On August 1st, the MS-ISAC's Education and Awareness Workgroup began judging cyber security websites for all 50 state governments and several 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.

On September 25th, the MS-ISAC annouced that the State of Delaware and the City of Phoenix were selected as winners of this contest this year. More information is available at: http://msisac.cisecurity.org/resources/toolkit/2011-best-of-the-web-contest.cfm

Other Resources:
Partnerships

Additional information and resources for educating citizens on cyber issues and implementing sound cyber security practices are available at the following websites: