October Cyber Security Awareness Month

10th Anniversary Cyber Secuirty Awareness Month


October 2013 marked the 10th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. "Cyber Security Is OUR Shared Responsibility" is the 2013 theme and reflects that everyone has a role in securing their part of cyberspace, including the devices and networks they use.

Cyber Security Awareness Month is a nationally recognized effort coordinated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, the National Cyber Security Alliance, and the National Association of State Chief Information Officers to raise cyber security awareness across the country and to empower citizens, businesses, government and schools to improve their cyber security preparedness.

In celebration of Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Enterprise Information Security Office provided a number of educational resources to the public, including an electronic Cyber Security Toolkit. The toolkit included cyber security-themed materials that can be downloaded to help promote and reinforce cyber safety themes in practical, informative, entertaining, and usable ways.


Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of the following resources and use the information to promote cyber security awareness.

New York State Cyber Security Awareness Toolkit:

The Stop.Think.Connect. Online Toolkit- Contains downloadable materials and links to other resources you can use to give informal or formal presentations to a variety of audiences or groups.

The MS-ISAC develops and distributes Cyber Security Awareness Toolkit materials in support of Cyber Security Awareness Month. Their goal is to promote a consistent message about cyber security education and awareness and provide products for broad distribution. The materials include posters, calendars and other awareness material. To learn more visit the MS-ISAC website: http://msisac.cisecurity.org/resources/toolkit/

Poster Contest winners

Poster Contest

New York State is once again conducting a K-12 Computer Safety Poster 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 be open to all public, private or home-schooled students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.

For more information on how to participate visit the Keeping Kids Safe Online webpage




National Cyber Security Awareness Month focuses on a different critical cyber security issue each week in October.

  1. Week 1 , October 1-4, 2013 - Our Shared Responsibility; Stop.Think.Connect., and Cyber Security in the Next 10 Years
    This week focused on general awareness and Stop.Think.Connect. ™, a nationwide awareness campaign that educates all Americans on cyber security as a shared responsibility. Additionally, the week highlighted progress in cyber security over the last 10 years, looking forward to the next 10.
  2. Week 2, October 8-11, 2013 - Being Mobile: Online Safety and Security
    With the popularity and affordability of smartphones, tablets, laptops, and Wi-Fi, staying connected is easier than ever. Americans must take personal responsibility for connecting safely while on the go.
  3. Week 3, October 14-18, 2013 - Cyber Workforce and the Next Generation of Cyber Leaders
    Week three addressed why having a digitally literate American public, and a highly qualified cyber workforce are necessary to enhance national cyber security efforts and to compete in emerging industries. Messaging also highlighted the importance of cyber education and workforce development including science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.
  4. Week 4, October 21-25, 2013 - Cyber Crime
    Many Americans' personal and private information exists online, creating a virtual treasure chest for sophisticated cyber criminals. To combat cyber crimes, Americans should take a multi-defense approach: protecting their own devices, networks, online identities, and cooperating with law enforcement.
  5. Week 5, October 28-31, 2013 - Critical Infrastructure and Cyber Security

    Week five was dedicated to bringing awareness of how cyber security relates to keeping our traffic lights, running water, phone lines, and other critical infrastructure secure.

For more information on the National Cyber Security Awareness Month events, please visit the following websites:


Get Involved


  • DHS Stop. Think. Connect. Campaign
    The Department of Homeland Security has developed the National Cyber Security Awareness Campaign, a part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)-led National Initiative for Cyber Security Education (NICE) initiative. The Campaign has several programs that make it easy to get involved with STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

  • Stop. Think. Connect. Website
    Stop.Think.Connect. is a national public awareness effort to guide the nation to a higher level of Internet safety by challenging the American public to be more vigilant about practicing safe online habits. It will persuade Americans to view Internet safety as a shared responsibility - at home, in the workplace, and in our communities - and demonstrate that shared responsibility by bringing together a coalition of federal, state and local government entities, as well as private sector and nonprofit partners.
  • National Cyber Security Alliance - Stay Safe Online
    NCSA's mission is to educate and therefore empower a digital society to use the Internet safely and securely at home, work, and school, protecting the technology individuals use, the networks they connect to, and our shared digital assets.




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Deborah A. Snyder

Acting Chief Information Security Officer


Cyber Security