HONOLULU – Recognizing the State of Hawaii’s vital role in identifying, protecting and responding to cyber threats, Gov. David Y. Ige has proclaimed October “Cyber Security Awareness Month” in Hawaii.
Hawaii’s observance coincides with National Cyber Security Awareness Month, recognized by President Barack Obama and various public and private sector agencies to encourage all citizens to learn about cyber security and put that knowledge into practice in their homes, schools, workplaces and businesses. To raise public awareness nationwide, the annual Stop.Think.Connect. campaign empowers the American public to take security precautions, understand the consequences of online actions and behaviors, and enjoy the benefits of the Internet.
For example, individuals are urged to connect with care:
Concern about identity theft ranks slightly higher than fears of job and healthcare loss, according to a 2010 national survey conducted for the National Cyber Security Alliance and Anti-Phishing Working Group. Fifty-four percent of Americans were extremely concerned about loss of personal or financial information. By comparison, 53 percent were concerned about losing their jobs, while 51 percent feared not being able to provide healthcare for their family.
“Maintaining the security of cyberspace is a shared responsibility in which each of us has a critical role to play,” said state Chief Information Officer Todd Nacapuy. “In addition to the importance of protecting personal and other sensitive information, critical infrastructure sectors are increasingly reliant on information systems. The state is doing its part in aligning our cyber security approach with national frameworks and deploying additional security tools and practices to increase protection against network-based threats.”
For additional cyber security resources throughout the month as well as year-round, visit www.stopthinkconnect.org or the state Information and Communication Services Division’s Cyber Security Team webpage at: http://ags.hawaii.gov/icsd/cyber-security
View the proclamation here:
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