President Obama Calls on all Americans to Share Responsibility for Cybersecurity

October 16, 2009

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) today calls on all Americans to heed the cybersecurity call to action made by President Barack Obama via a video address on the White House.gov blog (http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/Protecting-yourself-online/). President Obama used the National Cyber Security Month address to focus on the responsibility that the government, private sector and everyday citizens share for ensuring America’s cyber security.

The President’s words are being converted to action this month as hundreds of federal, state and local government agencies, companies, non-profits and everyday citizens have deployed themselves to educate millions of Americans about the importance of online security to themselves, their communities and the nation.

In his online address, President Obama specifically called on all Americans to remember three basic cybersecurity principles:

  1. Keep security and software systems up-to-date and beware of suspicious email.
  2. Always know who you are dealing with online
  3. Never give out your personal or financial information until you verify the recipient is legitimate

“This unprecedented focus at the highest levels of our government highlights the importance of cybersecurity to our nation’s economy, national security, and everyday life,” said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the NCSA. ” We welcome everyone who wants to join the effort to educate computer users and young people on secure and safe Internet use in October and year round.”

About The National Cyber Security Alliance

The National Cyber Security Alliance is a nonprofit organization. Through collaboration with the government, corporate, non-profit and academic sectors, the mission of the NCSA is to empower a digital citizenry to use the Internet securely and safely protecting themselves, the networks they use, and the cyber infrastructure. NCSA works to create a culture of cyber security and safety through education and awareness activities. Visit http://www.staysafeonline.org for more information.

About National Cyber Security Awareness Month

National Cyber Security Awareness Month is supported by Department of Homeland Security National Cyber Security Division (NCSD), the National Cyber Security Alliance, the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) and other partners to educate the American public, businesses, schools and government agencies about ways to secure their part of cyber space, computers and our nation’s critical infrastructure. Cyber Security is Our Shared Responsibility.

SOURCE National Cyber Security Alliance

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