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October Is Cyber Security Awareness Month

The federal Department of Homeland Security encourages public transit agencies to participate in its annual October observance of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), part of an ongoing campaign to promote education about the importance and impact of cyber security.

DHS and the Transportation Security Administration suggest that agencies promote messages for their staff and maybe for riders that specifically relate cyber security awareness to their purpose, such as educational videos or posters at agency facilities.

The initiative is designed to foster cooperation between private and public sector groups to raise awareness of the need for cyber security, consider what tools and methods are available to stay online in a safe and efficient manner and demonstrate the nation’s resilience in the event of a cyber incident.

Since its creation in 2004, NCSAM has worked to impact all areas of online interaction so individuals and businesses can function in a safe, reliable manner. For example, with the recent hurricane devastation in Texas and Florida, cyber security is key to assisting in preparation, evacuation, agency alerts, public service announcements, social media and news updates and cleanup.

Each week during the month will focus on a distinct theme detailing ways cyber security can benefit the community, ranging from simple steps such as safely navigating the Internet to protecting critical infrastructure from a cyber threat.

For more information from TSA, click here.


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