National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Every October, Microsoft recognizes National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) in the United States through our partnership with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). Microsoft also supports NCSAM worldwide to help all of us foster the concept of digital citizenship and promote standards of appropriate behavior as we become an increasingly digital society.
2013 marks 10 years of raising awareness of online safety and security issues and helping educate people about the best ways to protect their Internet-connected devices. The long-standing theme for NCSAM, "Our Shared Responsibility," emphasizes the role that each of us—individuals, families, schools, organizations, industry, and government—can play in helping to create a safer digital world.
Make time during the month, and throughout the year, to take proactive steps to help safeguard you and your families’ devices and information as you go online. Here’s a list of activities to consider.
View and share the Microsoft STOP. THINK. CONNECT. (STC) videos (one of which was honored by the White House and the US Department of Homeland Security).
Make use of the NCSA materials and Microsoft resources to help educate yourself and others about safety topics relevant to your digital lifestyles.
Throughout the month, get helpful cyber security and safety tips through social media, following the hashtag #NCSAM.
On October 15, Microsoft released results from the "How Old Is Too Young?" survey in which respondents were asked to share their input on the appropriate ages for kids to access Internet-enabled devices and online services. Whether a parent, guardian, or concerned adult, respondents received tailored tips to help them start or continue conversations with kids on a variety of online safety topics.