October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month which is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether we realize it or not. National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity, provide them with tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increase the resiliency of the Nation in the event of a cyber incident. The President of the United States, the US Department of Homeland Security, the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers and the National Cyber Security Alliance have declared October as Stop Think Connect for Cyber Security Awareness Month.
The Calvert Board of County Commissioners recognizes the vital role to identify, protect from, and respond to cyber threats that impact our security and privacy. Critical infrastructures are reliant on information systems to support financial services, energy, telecommunications, transportation, utilities, health care, and emergency response systems.
The Stop Think Connect Campaign has been implemented through a coalition of private companies, non-profit and government organizations, as well as academic institutions working together to increase the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework and the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community (C3) Voluntary Program were developed as free resources to help organizations (large and small, public and private) implement the Cybersecurity Framework and improve cyber practices.
To support Cybersecurity Framework and to better assist business and government entities in addressing cyber threats, the Center for Internet Security/Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MSISAC), the Council on Cyber Security, the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisors Council, and public and private entities have developed an effort to promote good cyber hygiene through actionable guidance for government and businesses, and to promote innovation, and strengthen cybersecurity investment.
Maintaining the security of cyberspace is a shared responsibility in which everyone has a critical role to play, and awareness of computer security essentials will improve the security of Calvert County Government information, infrastructure and economy.
The Calvert Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) proclaimed that the Calvert County Government is officially supporting National Cyber Security Awareness Month and the National Public Awareness Campaign, and that all citizens are urged to join in increasing awareness and understanding this month and throughout the year.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon