Every Governor in the Nation Endorsed Cyber Security Awareness Month and More Than 10,900 Citizens Signed Multi-State ISAC Cyber Pledge

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Continuing support from elected officials and increasing awareness among citizens demonstrate the significant interest in cyber security as a public need

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I encourage everyone to transform awareness into action by making a commitment every day to use good cyber security habits.

The Center for Internet Security (CIS), a national not-for-profit dedicated to enhancing cyber security readiness and response, today announced that governors from all 50 states and 1 U.S. territory, as well as officials from 14 local governments signed proclamations or endorsements recognizing October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). CIS, through its Multi-State ISAC division, developed the proclamation template and coordinated the effort to encourage all governors to help raise awareness by signing the proclamation. The Multi-State ISAC also conducted an online Cyber Pledge campaign, in which more than 10,900 citizens across the country took part.

NSCAM, now in its ninth year, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and includes collaboration with the Multi-State ISAC, the National Cyber Security Alliance, the National Association of Chief Information Officers and others. NCSAM highlights the importance of empowering citizens, businesses, government, and schools to improve their cyber security preparedness.

During this past year, cyber security incidents included theft of intellectual property and government data, massive password breaches, hacktivism, and malware attacks. Protecting against these incidents is a tremendous challenge for organizations and citizens, and serves as a constant reminder of the need to promote cyber security awareness across the nation.

“Maintaining the security of cyberspace is our shared responsibility and Awareness Month puts an important spotlight on what we should do to protect ourselves and our information,” said William Pelgrin, CIS President and CEO and Chair of the MS-ISAC. “As we close out the month, I encourage everyone to keep this spotlight on, and to transform awareness into action by making a commitment every day to follow the steps outlined in the Cyber Pledge and use good cyber security habits to stay safe.”

The Cyber Pledge campaign was available on the MS-ISAC website during the month of October. The pledge delineated key behaviors for users to protect themselves online, both at home and in the workplace, and also urged citizens to take action by spreading the message of good cyber security practices to friends, co-workers, neighbors and the community. The MS-ISAC also celebrated Awareness Month by conducting educational webinars, launching a K-12 poster contest and developing and distributing a Cyber Security Awareness Toolkit to all states, several U.S. territories and more than 100 local governments.

About the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center
The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), a division of the not-for-profit Center for Internet Security, is the focal point for cyber threat prevention, protection, response and recovery for the nation's state, local, territorial and tribal governments. The MS-ISAC 24x7 cyber security operations center provides real-time network monitoring, early cyber threat warnings and advisories, vulnerability identification and mitigation, and incident response. The MS-ISAC coordinates closely with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through its National Cyber Security Division.

About the Center for Internet Security
The Center for Internet Security (CIS) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the cyber security readiness and response of public and private sector entities, with a commitment to excellence through collaboration. CIS comprises three divisions: the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, which serves as a key cyber security resource for the nation’s state, local, territorial, and tribal (SLTT) governments; the Security Benchmarks Division, which provides consensus best practice standards for security configurations; and the Trusted Purchasing Alliance, which serves SLTT governments and not-for-profits in achieving a greater cyber security posture through trusted expert guidance and cost-effective procurement.

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