WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) today announced that Michael Kaiser, executive director of the NCSA, will participate in an interview on Facebook Live, Facebook's official live video streaming channel, to discuss the importance of online safety and security in the U.S. and the world. The interview will be streamed across the Internet and will feature NCSA executive director Michael Kaiser along with Joe Sullivan, Facebook's chief security officer, and Linda McCarthy, co-author of the Facebook Security Guide and former senior director of Internet Safety at Symantec. The discussion will take place at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, California, in honor of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The interview will begin via live stream at 2:00 p.m. EDT and can be viewed at: http://on.fb.me/FBDCLive.
National Cyber Security Awareness Month, conducted every October since 2004, 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. The month's theme is "Our Shared Responsibility," as NCSA encourages everyone to STOP. THINK. CONNECT. while online to increase their safety and security.
"I'm honored to participate in Facebook Live today to discuss the importance of educating young people to be cyber capable adults as well as encouraging them to purse careers in cybersecurity," said Michael Kaiser, executive director, National Cyber Security Alliance. "We are extremely thankful that Facebook is making their platform available to discuss this important issue. The event helps us draw more students, parents, teachers and other concerned citizens into the conversation."
"Making the Internet safer and more secure requires us all to be vigilant and to know the rules of the road," said Joe Sullivan, chief security officer of Facebook. "I'm delighted to be hosting Michael and Linda here at Facebook headquarters for a discussion about the state of security on the Internet and what we can all do to improve it. I encourage everyone on Facebook to tune in and participate in today's event."
In addition to the Facebook Live interview, NCSA encourages all audiences – teachers, employers, families, consumers, and more – to routinely visit the National Cyber Security Awareness Month Web portal for an abundance of information about how to get involved, events, and additional resources to help organizations and individuals participate in the public awareness and education campaign. The Web portal is available at: www.staysafeonline.org.
About The National Cyber Security Alliance
The National Cyber Security Alliance is a nonprofit organization. Through collaboration with the government, corporate, nonprofit and academic sectors, the mission of the NCSA is to empower a digital citizenry to use the Internet securely and safely protecting themselves, the networks they use, and the cyber infrastructure. NCSA works to create a culture of cyber security and safety through education and awareness activities. Visit www.staysafeonline.org for more information.
About STOP. THINK. CONNECT.
STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ is the first-ever coordinated message to help all digital citizens stay safer and more secure online. The message was created by an unprecedented coalition of private companies, non-profits and government organizations. The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) and National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) led the effort to find a unified online safety message that could be adopted across public and private sectors. The campaign hopes to achieve for online safety awareness what "Smokey Bear" did for forest fire safety and "Click It or Ticket" did for seatbelt safety, more information can be found at www.stopthinkconnect.org.
About National Cyber Security Awareness Month
National Cyber Security Awareness month now in its eighth year is a coordinated effort of the National Cyber Security Alliance, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MSISAC).
SOURCE National Cyber Security Alliance