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Cybersecurity is Everyone’s Responsibility

July 16, 2010 - 0 Comments

What do the Smart Grid, Cyber bullying and a company’s IT infrastructure have in common?  According to President Obama, one very real serious economic and national security threat – cybersecurity.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security put out a challenge: send us your most creative ideas on how to enhance public awareness on the importance of cybersecurity.  Cisco met this challenge along with 80 groups (from individuals to large companies) with the theme that Cybersecurity is Everyone’s Responsibility.

Unfortunately, many people don’t understand the impact of careless online behavior. They trust technology to keep them safe. To an extent, this trust is not unfounded. Many technologies available today or in development have protective capabilities and stopgaps in place.  However, technology and online behavior must coexist for true cybersecurity to be effective. It is too common for malicious criminals to exploit the vulnerabilities of online behavior for personal gain at the expense of the American public.

On Wednesday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano along with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt held a meeting to discuss President Obama’s cybersecurity plans. At this meeting they discussed the importance of cybersecurity to the nation (and this importance was emphasized when President Obama stopped by) and announced the six winners of the challenge. I’m thrilled to report that Cisco’s plan won for Best Publicity and Marketing.  

Along with the other five winners, Cisco will be helping the DHS implement the ideas behind the challenge for the October Cybersecurity awareness month. In the meantime, I urge you to explore some of the posts on Cisco’s Security blog on cybersecurity and privacy. For information on protecting students, please visit Cyberspace Action for Education (CAFE) campaign. Finally, for more information on enterprise-level security, you can learn about our security solutions and visit our Security Intelligence Operations portal where you’ll find information relevant to early-warning intelligence, threat and vulnerability analysis, and proven Cisco mitigation solutions to help protect networks.  Stay Cybersafe!

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