Global Security Week – September 5th 2005

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We are proposing a regular annual date for global security awareness activities, namely the week leading up to September 11th. By aligning various public and private initiatives around this specific week every year, we can improve security awareness for the common good.

Security awareness specialist IsecT Ltd. has proposed the week leading up to September 11th annually as Global Security Week. By aligning various public and private initiatives around this specific week every year, we can improve security awareness for the common good.

Against a backdrop of global terrorism and organized crime, security in general (and information security in particular) has become a vitally-important sociological and business issue. Commercial and governmental organizations are investing heavily in technical security controls but the security problems caused by people remain largely unaddressed.

Whilst responsible businesses and individuals employ a wide range of security measures, the global Internet community suffers as a result of those irresponsible businesses and home users who remain largely unaware of security. Hackers and spammers frequently take control of insecure Internet-connected systems, for example, to use as platforms for their attacks. Raising the general level of security awareness is the only feasible means of addressing this issue.

Information security awareness is just as important for the general public as it is for information security and other IT professionals. We need to educate our friends, family members and even work colleagues to pay more attention to information security.

Let’s all do our bit for security - support Global Security Week.

The lack of global coordination is a key reason why a succession of well-meaning public computer security awareness initiatives to date have had little if any impact. A number of ‘security weeks’ have taken place at various times throughout the year… wouldn’t it make sense for us all in the security industry to agree amongst ourselves on a common diary?

We are proposing the week leading up to September 11th as an obvious candidate for Global Security Week. On this basis, Global Security Weeks over the next five years will start on:

  • September 5th 2005
  • September 4th 2006
  • September 3rd 2007
  • September 8th 2008
  • September 7th 2009

If you agree with this proposal, we have around three months lead time to organize ourselves this year or, if that’s not enough, we have fifteen months to plan and organize for 2006. Anyone with good ideas for security awareness events is very welcome to share their ideas with the global community through the campaign coordination website http://www.GlobalSecurityWeek.com. We encourage webmasters and publishers to make use of the Global Security Week logo with an optional hyperlink to http://www.globalsecurityweek.com

Please get in touch if you represent or can at least get in contact with industry bodies, government departments and others who might be persuaded to align their own efforts around the Global Security Week – the week leading up to September 11th. Let’s see what we can achieve by all pulling together on this.

About IsecT Ltd. and NoticeBored

IsecT (“Putting security into IT”) is an independent British consultancy specializing in security awareness and other aspects of IT governance. NoticeBored is IsecT’s innovative security awareness product line. Please visit http://www.GlobalSecurityWeek.com, http://www.isect.com or http://www.NoticeBored.com, or else call Gary Hinson, IsecT’s CEO, on +44 1428 727 900 for more information.

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