National Cyber Security Awareness Month Program (October 2009)
The University System of Georgia – Office of Information Security, a program under the USG
Academic Affairs, is coordinating a system-wide security awareness program in observance of the
annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October.
Program History - In 2004, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), an information
technology trade group, launched the inaugural National Cyber Security Awareness Month
(NCSAM). The aim of the program was to raise the awareness of computer users in the United
States; to better alert them to potential threats and improve their preparedness for cyber security
incidents. In 2006, the department of Homeland Security adopted the program and the US House of
Representatives also adopted a resolution in support for the program. So far more than 40 states
have either adopted some resolution in support of the program or currently observe the program.
The Multi State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) a national collaborative
organization for states information security emergency response help coordinate the NCSAM
across the US. Today all major software and Internet vendors have signed on to the program
under the aegis of the NCSA, whose website in www.staysafeonline.info. Public and private sector
enterprise now observe the program by organizing and supporting events as well as providing
resources that help raise the national awareness.
NCSAM at the USG - In 2009, the University System of Georgia will observe its first, month-long
event and will provide various awareness resources to the University System and Georgia Public
Libraries. This year, the System is moving forward and plans to organize events around a central
theme of “building a culture of awareness and preparedness”.
The USG InfoSec website and twitter are being updated to support this year’s theme, and additional
content will be provided throughout the month of October and after in observance of the NCSAM.
Our goal is to keep you informed year round about cyber risks and threats as well as what you can
do to mitigate them. We invite everyone to take note of the posters, calendars, fliers and handouts
that will be available throughout the month of October in observance of the NCSAM. We also
encourage frequent visits to the USG InfoSec website located at http://www.usg.edu/infosec now
and in the future to learn more about information security, electronic privacy and related issues.
The University System of Georgia – Office of Information Security
270 Washington Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30334