Cyber Security Awareness Month

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month which is an annual campaign to raise awareness about cybersecurity. We live in a world that is more connected than ever before. The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether we realize it or not.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month is designed to engage and educate public and private sector about cybersecurity, by providing them with tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increase the resiliency of the Nation in the event of a cyber incident.

National Cyber Security Awareness

October 2017

Technology plays a vital role in our daily lives – California’s citizens, schools, libraries, businesses and other organizations use the Internet for a variety of tasks, which have become ingrained into our daily lives.

Internet users and our information infrastructure face an increasing threat of malicious cyber attack, loss of privacy from spyware and adware, significant financial and personal privacy losses due to identity theft and fraud.

California has always been a model for technological innovation and a champion for cybersecurity. In 2013, we established the California Cybersecurity Task Force, a public-private partnership whose mission is to strengthen California’s cybersecurity. In August 2015, we bolstered state cybersecurity by establishing the California Cybersecurity Integration Center and the California Cyber Incident Response Team.

California continues to support national level initiatives, like the Stop.Think.Connect.TM Campaign ( or as well as the efforts of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (, the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (, and the National Cyber Security Alliance (

This October, I encourage all Californians to learn about cybersecurity and cyber hygiene and put that knowledge into practice in their homes, schools, workplaces and businesses.



OES News
Read about cybersecurity on the Cal OES blog.

Stay Safe Online
Learn to protect yourself, your family and your devices with these tips and resources.

Department of Homeland Security
Get involved. Stop, think, and connect.



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