October 2013: Tenth Annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month

The Tenth Annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month is being celebrated during October 2013, as a collective effort among the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Cyber Security Division, the National Cyber Security Alliance and the National Association of State Chief Information Officers.
This united effort is necessary to maintain a cyberspace that is safer, more resilient, and remains a source of tremendous opportunity and growth for years to come.
NCSAM is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity to increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident.
In recognition of the 2013 Cyber Security Awareness Month campaign, the MS-ISAC is providing a number of educational and awareness resources, including the following:
Joint DHS, CIS and NCSA Awareness Month Twitter Chat
2013 Cyber Pledge Campaign
MS-ISAC 2013 Poster Contest
MS-ISAC Cyber Security Toolkit
State and Local Government Proclamations
MS-ISAC State and Local Government Best of the Web Contest
Link to Cyber Security Events
Other Resources and Partnerships
Awareness Month Twitter Chat
When: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 at 3 p.m. ET/noon PT
Guests: STOP. THINK. CONNECT (@STOPTHNKCONNECT, )National Cyber Security Alliance (@StaySafeOnline), MS-ISAC/Center for Internet Security (@CISecurity)
Additional Information: Use the hashtag #ChatSTC to join the conversation!
Join "STOP. THINK. CONNECT"., the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Multi-State Information Sharing Analysis Center as we gear up for National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October.
Cyber Pledge Contest
The MS-ISAC once again launced the Cyber Pledge. The pledge period opened in August and will continue through October 31st.
We invite you to join with thousands of other individuals across the country who are asserting their commitment to online safety. By signing the MS-ISAC National Cyber Pledge you are affirming that you will take security seriously and use good practices both at home and at work.
After you sign the pledge, please tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors...everyone you can! If we each pledge to do our part to make our piece of cyber space just a little bit more secure, we can truly make a difference in helping protect our nation's cyber security.
The pledge is available here:
MS-ISAC 2013 Poster Contest
The MS-ISAC is once again conducting a national K-12 Computer Safety Contest to encourage young people to use the Internet safely and securely and to craft messages and images that will best resonate with their peers across the country. The contest will launch on October 10th, 2013.
The contest will be open to all public, private or home-schooled students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Winning entries of the National Contest will be included in the MS-ISAC 2015 Calendar, which is distributed to every state in the country as part of the MS-ISAC Cyber Security Awareness Toolkit. Entries received may also be used in other national, regional and state cyber and computer security awareness campaigns.
Last year's contest included more than 2,000 students from 16 states and more than 100 schools.
MS-ISAC Cyber Security Toolkit
The MS-ISAC Cyber Security Toolkit features educational material designed to raise cyber security awareness through a variety of informative and practical means. The Toolkit has been developed and distributed by the MS-ISAC to all 50 states as well as U.S. Territories, with customizable material that could be widely shared across government, businesses, schools and citizens. The 2013 Toolkit material will be available for download in early September.
Governors' Proclamations
All 50 governors are being invited to endorse Cyber Security Awareness Month through the issuance of a proclamation or letter of support. Such recognition at the highest levels of government is an important component in ensuring all Americans have the opportunity to learn more about cyber security and how to safeguard themselves from cyber-based threats. Last year, all 50 governors signed a proclamation or letter of support.
Local Government Proclamations
We are also encouraging local government officials to recognize Cyber Security Awareness Month by signing proclamations or letters of support.
Cyber Security Events
The National Cyber Security Alliance has advertised several events at its website: If your organization has an event coming up, please click here to let NCSA know about it:
MS-ISAC State and Local Government Best of the Web Contest
On July 1, 2013, the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) launched its 5th annual "Best of the Web" contest, which aims to recognize state and local governments that use their websites to promote cyber security.
On August 20th, the MS-ISAC's Education and Awareness Workgroup began judging cyber security websites for all 50 state governments and several local governments based upon several criteria including cyber security content, usability, accessibility, and appearance. The goal of the contest is to recognize commendable sites and highlight them as best practices for others to consider when developing or re-designing their own sites.
The winners will be announced in October.
Other Resources:
Additional information and resources for educating citizens on cyber issues and implementing sound cyber security practices are available at the following websites: