Component 1: National Cybersecurity Awareness
The Stop. Think. Connect. Campaign is a national public awareness effort to guide the nation to a higher level of Internet safety by challenging the American public to be more vigilant about practicing good “cyber hygiene.” It will persuade Americans to see Internet safety as a shared responsibility—at home, in the workplace, and in our communities—and demonstrate that shared responsibility by bringing together a coalition of federal, state and local government, as well as private sector partners.
Led by the Department of Homeland Security, the ultimate goal of Stop. Think. Connect. is to raise awareness among the American public about the need to strengthen cybersecurity—and to generate and communicate new approaches and strategies to help Americans increase their safety and security online.
Recognizing the importance of cybersecurity, President Obama designated October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)
Campaign Programs & Activities:Friends of the Campaign Program
The Stop. Think. Connect.“Friends” Program is an opportunity for YOU to help us spread the word about what we can all do to enhance our safety and security online. Anyone can be a Friend of the Campaign.
Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility in which all Americans have a role to play. The Stop.Think.Connect. Toolkit provides resources for all segments of the community.
Cyber Citizen Forums
In collaboration with National Centers of Academic Excellence, forums will be hosted across the country—at community centers, town halls, colleges and universities—to prompt dialogue and inspire action to support the goals of Stop. Think. Connect. in communities from Washington, D.C., to Seattle
Cyber Awareness Coalition
By becoming a member of the Cyber Awareness Coalition, organizations can help the Department in getting the word out about Stop. Think. Connect. The Coalition is currently open to all Federal agencies and State, Tribal and Territorial governments. As a member, organizations will receive access to Campaign materials, templates, resources, and tips to assist with promoting cybersecurity and Stop. Think. Connect.
Stop.Think.Connect. Academic Alliance Opportunities with technology and the Internet appear to have no limit. Academia is often at the forefront of expanding our ever-evolving cyber universe. As new ground is forged and the benefits of a digitally connected world are enhanced, academia has an opportunity to lead by example in ensuring the online practices of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community are as secure as possible. The Stop.Think.Connect. Academic Alliance is a nationwide network of nonprofit colleges and universities committed to promoting safer online practices.
Four products in the National Cyber Awareness System offer a variety of information for users with varied technical expertise. Those with more technical interest can read the Alerts, Current Activity, or Bulletins. Users looking for more general-interest pieces can read the Tips.
The Department of Homeland Security's United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) leads efforts to improve the nation's cybersecurity posture, coordinate cyber information sharing, and proactively manage cyber risks to the Nation while protecting the constitutional rights of Americans. Four products in the National Cyber Awareness System offer a variety of information for users with varied technical expertise. Those with more technical interest can read the Alerts, Current Activity, or Bulletins. Users looking for more general-interest pieces can read the Tips.
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Small Business Corner - NIST, the Small Business Administration (SBA), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) entered into a co-sponsorship agreement for the purpose of conducting a series of training meetings on computer security for small businesses. The purpose of the meetings is to have individuals knowledgeable in computer security provide an overview of information security threats, vulnerabilities, and corresponding protective tools and techniques with a special emphasis on providing useful information that small business personnel can apply directly or use to task contractor personnel.