National Cyber Security Awareness Month
- In 2004, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), an
information technology trade group, launched the inaugural National Cyber
Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). The aim of the program was to raise the
awareness of computer users in the US; to better alert them to potential
threats and improve their preparedness for cyber security incidents.
- In 2006, the Department of Homeland Security adopted the
program and the US House of Representatives also adopted a resolution in
support for the program. So far more than 40 states have either adopted a
resolution in support of the program or otherwise participate in the program.
- The Multi State Information Sharing and Analysis Center
(MS-ISAC), a national collaborative organization for states information
security emergency response, helps coordinate the NCSAM across the US.
- Today all major software and Internet vendors have signed
on to the program under the aegis of the NCSA (http://staysafeonline.org).
Public and private sector enterprise now observe the program by organizing and
supporting events as well as providing resources that help raise the national
- In 2009, the University System of Georgia observed its
first, month-long event and provided various awareness resources to the
University System and Georgia Public Libraries. The System plans to organize events around a central theme of
“building a culture of awareness and preparedness”.