Center for Internet Security Launches Cyber Security Pledge Campaign
National Online Pledge Is a Call to Action for Citizens to Do Their Part to Stay Safe in Cyberspace
East Greenbush, N.Y. (PRWEB) September 19, 2011
Today the Center for Internet Security, through its Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), launched a national Cyber Security Pledge campaign to encourage citizens to declare their commitment to using good practices for staying safe on the Internet.
Online dangers such as identity theft, phishing scams, worms and viruses, botnets, and other malicious activities are part of an ever-evolving cyber security threat landscape and serve as a constant reminder of the need to promote cyber security awareness to as many citizens as possible. The online pledge delineates key behaviors for users to protect themselves and their information, both at home and in the workplace. The pledge also encourages users to take action by spreading the message of good cyber security practices to their friends, co-workers, neighbors and community.
The Cyber Security Pledge is posted at http://www.cisecurity.org and is available through October 31. Users complete the pledge online and can print their signed copy.
In addition, the MS-ISAC is using the pledge campaign as a contest for state and local governments with awards being given to those with the highest numbers and the highest percentages of people signing the pledge. The SANS Institute is providing 250 seats for its “Securing the Human” awareness training to each of the winning states and local governments. Recognition to the winning entities will be coordinated through their MS-ISAC primary member.
Ã¢Å“Each of us has a responsibility to understand the risks, and use good practices when going online,Ã¢ said William F. Pelgrin, CIS President and CEO, and MS-ISAC Chair. Ã¢Å“The MS-ISAC is pleased to work with all of our members across the country to encourage as much participation as possible. If we each pledge to make our piece of cyberspace just a little bit more secure, we can truly make a difference in helping protect our nation’s cyber security.Ã¢
The pledge is one of the many activities underway in recognition of October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which is coordinated by the U.S. Department of Homeland SecurityÃ¢s National Cyber Security Division, in collaboration with the MS-ISAC, National Association of Chief Information Officers and the National Cyber Security Alliance. Awareness Month highlights the importance of empowering citizens, businesses, government, and schools to improve their cyber security preparedness. The MS-ISAC developed a toolkit of awareness materials to reinforce core themes in practical, informative, entertaining, and usable ways. The toolkit and many other online resources are publicly available at http://www.msisac.org.
About the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center
The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), a division of the national not-for-profit Center for Internet Security, is the focal point for cyber threat prevention, protection, response and recovery for the nation’s state, local, territorial and tribal governments. The MS-ISAC 24×7 cyber security operations center provides real-time network monitoring, early cyber threat warnings and advisories, vulnerability identification and mitigation, and incident response. The MS-ISAC coordinates closely with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through its National Cyber Security Division.
About the Center for Internet Security
The Center for Internet Security (CIS) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the cyber security readiness and response of public and private sector entities, with a commitment to excellence through collaboration. CIS comprises three divisions: Security Benchmarks, Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center and the Cybersecurity Workforce Development Division.
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