OMAHA, Neb., Sept. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) will launch the ninth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) with an event in Omaha, Nebraska that will be available to viewers worldwide via Facebook Live – the social networks official live video streaming channel.
The event will feature opening remarks from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security leadership and Nebraska state and local elected officials and will be available to watch from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET. For more information and to RSVP, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/100782650080089/.
National Cyber Security Awareness Month, conducted every October since 2003, is an annual awareness-raising effort that seeks to encourage everyone to protect their networks and our nation's critical cyber infrastructure. NCSA works in collaboration with partners across the country to empower consumers, schools, businesses and government agencies to stay safe online during NCSAM and throughout the rest of the year.
"We are thrilled to provide everyone around the world an opportunity to view and observe the official National Cyber Security Awareness Month kick-off through Facebook Live," said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance. "As we continue to increasingly rely on the Internet, we all have a responsibility to protect that resource. We're thankful that our partnership with Facebook gives users the opportunity to join the discussion and learn how to protect themselves with safe and secure online behaviors."
"As people continue to integrate the Internet into their daily lives, it becomes increasingly important that everyone has the basic knowledge to protect themselves and keep the Internet secure," said Joe Sullivan, chief security officer of Facebook. "We are excited about the opportunity to participate in National Cyber Security Awareness Month and to bring this important conversation to audiences around the world. We encourage all Facebook users to learn more about how they can keep their accounts and data safe."
For additional details about National Cyber Security Awareness Month events and resources, please visit the newly launched NCSAM Web portal at: http://www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam/ and a calendar of NCSAM events can be found at http://staysafeonline.org/ncsam/events. You can connect with the organization for the latest news and updates on Facebook at www.facebook.com/staysafeonline and on Twitter at @StaySafeOnline. The official Twitter hashtag of NCSAM is #ncsam. NCSA also welcomes organizations to show their support for NCSAM by becoming an official NCSAM Champion and submitting their registration at: http://www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam/champions/.
About The National Cyber Security Alliance
The National Cyber Security Alliance is a non-profit organization. Through collaboration with the government, corporate, non-profit and academic sectors, the mission of the NCSA is to educate and empower a digital citizenry to use the Internet securely and safely protecting themselves and the technology they use and the digital assets we all share. NCSA board members include: ADP, AT&T, Bank of America, EMC Corporation, ESET, Facebook, Google, Intel, McAfee, Microsoft, PayPal, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Symantec, Trend Micro, Verizon and Visa. Visit www.staysafeonline.org for more information and join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/staysafeonline.
SOURCE National Cyber Security Alliance