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Component 1: National Cybersecurity Awareness
Lead: U.S. Department of Homeland Security

“People cannot value security without first understanding how much is at risk. Therefore, the Federal government should initiate a national public awareness and education campaign…This campaign should focus on public messages to promote responsible use of the Internet and awareness of fraud, identity theft, cyber predators, and cyber ethics.”

--White House Cyberspace Policy Review June 2009

Campaign Overview:

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.

Stop.Think.Connect Toolkit
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.

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.

US-CERT
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.

For more information on the Campaign or its programs, please visit:

www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect


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