U.S. Kicks Off Cyber Security Awareness Month

Omaha, Nebraska is the site of this year’s official launch of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). At the kickoff, and in the 30 days to follow, government officials and industry leaders will remind individuals, families, and businesses to do their part to help make the Internet safer for all.

As an active member of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), Microsoft participates in NCSAM each year, supporting and sponsoring various events and activities.  The  Omaha launch will feature remarks by local, state, and national leaders, followed by a series of industry-led instructional sessions aimed at small and mid-sized businesses.  From safeguarding company networks and developing security policies, to protecting business assets and educating employees, security and business leaders from top corporations will share tips and guidance. Microsoft will conduct a session on Internet security in the workplace, showcasing our free toolkit for businesses.

In the weeks to come, we will participate in other NCSAM events across the U.S. and, at midmonth, Microsoft will release compelling results of a new poll about online scams.  Additionally, we’ll issue weekly videos, offering practical consumer tips. News and videos will be available here.

Although it comes only once a year, NCSAM reminds us of our shared responsibility in helping to safeguard the online world.  NCSA, along with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, drives NCSAM and its hallmark campaign:  STOP. THINK. CONNECT., a simple cue to stay safer and more secure online.

  • STOP:  Before going online, learn about the risks and how to avoid them
  • THINK:  Pause to check that the path ahead is clear. Watch for warning signs and consider how your actions (or inactions) might impact your safety or that of someone else
  • CONNECT:  Enjoy the Internet with increased confidence, knowing that you’ve taken some key steps to help protect yourself, your information, and devices

At Microsoft, we call this fostering digital citizenship, and we promote and share our work globally.  We create and offer free of charge a range of resources on our safety website, and we share the STC message via our social media properties: Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Be on the lookout for all NCSAM announcements, and join us in our digital citizenship effort.  Let’s work to create a culture of online safety where staying safer and more secure online is second nature.

About the Author
Jacqueline Beauchere

Chief Online Safety Officer, Microsoft

Jacqueline F. Beauchere is the Chief Online Safety Officer at Microsoft. In this role, Ms. Beauchere is responsible for all aspects of Microsoft’s online safety strategy, including cross-company policy creation and implementation, influence over consumer safety features and functionality and Read more »