In advance of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) has debuted a new web portal for visitors to access security resources.
The site, StaySafeOnline.org, offers resources that include risk calculators, tips and fact sheets for a range of Internet security threats. In four verticals dedicated to consumers, businesses, teachers and volunteers, the portal lays out a variety of information and spotlights events tied to the month of awareness. Particular attention is given to identity protection and mobile data security tips.
The portal allows users to post events as part of NCSAM and encourages individual involvement, beginning with a September 20 Twitter chat called STOP.THINK.CONNECT. Visitors can tune in to share ideas and learn easy ways to get involved during the month of October.
Additionally, several major events have been scheduled to coincide with the annual initiative. At the Online Trust Forum 2012 in San Jose, California, which takes place October 1-3, a series of speakers, panel discussions and workshops will discuss emerging issues and offer advice. Following the event, the Online Trust Alliance will offer three full-day security workshops.
Other prominent events include the SOeC Cybersecurity Symposium and Awards conference in San Diego on October 11 and 12, as well as the Cyber Maryland Conference, taking place October 16-17 in Baltimore. The latter event also includes the Maryland Cyber Challenge and Competition, a cybersecurity battle between competing students and professionals.
As the focus of security shifts to more mobile and cloud computing, consumers and business professionals will have to adapt to new threats with novel tactics. This year’s NCSAM approaches data protection with a collaborative mindset, organizing its efforts around the theme of “Our Shared Responsibility.”
The NCSA is a public-private non-profit partnership that works to promote digital safety. The organization’s efforts are just one part of increased public sector engagement with cyber security. The Obama administration is currently in the process of drafting an executive order on cyber security, with a particular focus on protecting critical infrastructure.
Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security recently announced plans to launch its own website geared toward cyber security education and career training. That website, expected to arrive in December, will provide information on security scholarships and training, as well as offering industry news.
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