Being online exposes us to cyber criminals and others who commit identity theft, fraud, and harassment. Every time we connect to the Internet—at home, at school, at work, or on our mobile devices—we make decisions that affect our cybersecurity. Emerging cyber threats require engagement from the entire American community to create a safer cyber environment—from government and law enforcement to the private sector and, most importantly, members of the public.
The Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign is a national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online. Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility. We each have to do our part to keep the Internet safe. When we all take simple steps to be safer online, it makes using the Internet a more secure experience for everyone. The Campaign provides free resources available to everyone that are tailored to multiple demographics, including small businesses, students, educators and parents, and many others.
The Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign also has opportunities for academic colleges/universities, federal and local agencies, and non-profit organizations to partner with the Campaign. This no-fee partnership allows organizations and agencies to communicate with each other through various mediums and allows various stakeholders to expand the Stop.Think.Connect. message.
National Cyber Security Awareness Month
National Cyber Security Awareness Month is an opportunity to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity and increasing the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. National Cyber Security Awareness Month occurs each October and is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center. The ongoing message of National Cyber Security Awareness Month is to remind all Americans that cybersecurity and keeping the Internet safe for everyone is a shared responsibility.