Benjamin Scribner & Michael Kaiser: September 29, 2016

National Cyber Security Awareness Month Reminds All Digital Citizens that Online Safety and Security is a Shared Responsibility 

13th Annual NCSAM Sparks a Call-to-Action to Join the Greater Awareness Effort


Benjamin Scribner

Acting Chief of the Cyber Education and Awareness Branch (CE&A) in the Office for Cybersecurity and Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)


Michael Kaiser

Executive Director, National Cyber Security Alliance

October 1 officially kicks off National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), and this year’s theme is “Our Shared Responsibility.” The Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance founded and now lead NCSAM, which is a massive global effort to educate millions of internet users about the importance of online safety and security. Everyone has a role to play in promoting a safer, more secure and trusted internet. Both the general public and organizations of all sizes must work together to improve awareness of the basic steps to stay safer and more secure online. NCSAM 2016 is energizing its partners and digital citizens internationally to play an active role in this critical and timely mission. Leading the charge are the months more than 745 dedicated Champions – individuals, educational institutions, businesses, government agencies and associations. NCSAM 2016 will focus on the digital safety challenges facing consumers and businesses and share actionable tips and user-friendly resources. Each week will highlight a different theme designed to raise awareness across a range of topics


·         Week 1: October 3-7  STOP. THINK. CONNECT.: The Basic Steps to Online Safety and Security

·         Week 2: October 10-14  From the Break Room to the Boardroom: Creating a Culture of Cybersecurity in the Workplace

·         Week 3: October 17-21  Recognizing and Combating Cybercrime

·         Week 4: October 24-28  Our Continuously Connected Lives: What’s Your “Apptitude”?

·         Week 5: October 31 Building Resilience in Critical Systems

Director of Stakeholder Engagement and Cyber Infrastructure Resilience, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Laura Laybourn

and NCSA Executive Director Michael Kaiser will be available for interviews on Thursday, September 29 to provide expert tips on how to stay safe online and discuss how anyone who uses the internet can get involved in the month’s activities and events. They can also discuss the importance of cybersecurity education in our schools, the path to developing a more cyber capable workforce, resources available for small businesses, issues related to cybercrime and how collaboration with law enforcement is key to combatting this issue.


Michael Kaiser joined the National Cyber Security Alliance in 2008. As NCSA’s chief executive, Mr. Kaiser engages diverse constituencies—business, government, and other non-profit organizations—in NCSA’s broad public education and outreach efforts to strengthen the nation’s cyber infrastructure, including leadership of NCSA’s premier outreach and awareness campaign, National Cyber Security Awareness Month. NCSA builds efforts through public private partnerships that address cyber security issues for home users (parents and children), K-12 and higher education, and small business. Mr. Kaiser serves on the Department of Commerce, NTIA Online Safety Technology Working Group and was named one of SC Magazine’s information security luminaries of 2009.

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