Security Awareness is most effective
when people practice
security habits daily
said, individuals and groups have established specific date(s)
to provide opportunities to focus
on security behaviors.
The purpose of this document is to provide information to help
differentiate between the multiple Security Awareness Day(s),
their purpose, and links to more information on each. As stated
previously – every day is security awareness day – it
is not an either/or situation.
days (highlighted below) are not enough to help community’s
awareness of cyber, personal and physical security issues and
promote safe practices. Therefore, in addition to any of the
time frames below, many groups are scheduling other times to
participate and celebrate safe habits.
A great example can be viewed at http://edtechoutreach.umd.edu/cyberawareness.html by Educational Technology Outreach.
Awareness Day – Physical,
Information and Personal Security
The concept of NSAD differs in that it tries to establish
a culture of security without focusing solely on computers.
It also seeks the validation of a government proclamation so
that less effort can go into attracting attention to the event
each year leaving more energy devoted to supporting it. Once
approved, I would also want to draw attention to the other
awareness events to help raise awareness throughout the year.
Please support the establishment of U.S. National Security
Awareness Day as an annual observance (similar to Veterans
Day). The concept is simple, dedicate a day to mentoring U.S.
citizens in the threats facing our country and what they can
do to help address them.
There must be top down support of a national security awareness
program. Cyber security is a large part of that. However businesses
need to be reminded of their responsibilities to security legislation
such as Sarbanes Oxley and GLBA. Businesses also need to annually
renew their commitments to information security, business continuity
and disaster recovery programs.
The U.S. needs to undergo a cultural change to effectively
protect against the threats facing it. We need to continue
to improve our security posture. The government cannot do this
on its own. It needs the support of its citizens. The concept
of U.S. National Security Awareness Day is a proactive approach.
Want to make a difference? Let's do it together.
Day - Computer security
October 31 and April 4
First held in 2002, the semi-annual National Cyber Security
Days are coordinated with daylight savings in April and October
in the U.S. and are intended to raise the public's awareness
of cyber-security issues and promote safe online practices.
Sunday, October 31, 2004, is the next Cyber Security Day. Set
some time aside this week to update your anti-virus software
and scan your computer for viruses. Also, check out the Top
Ten Security Tips for more information on keeping your computer
safe from hackers.
Colleges and Universities Recognize Cyber Security Day with
Setting your clocks forward or back for Daylight Saving Time
and replacing the batteries in smoke detectors are rituals
repeated every spring and fall. Similarly, the National Cyber
Security Alliance established April 4, 2004, as Cyber Security
Day to raise awareness about Internet safety and computer security
issues. Colleges and universities across the country are planning
security education and awareness events between March 29 and
April 2 to help promote Cyber Security Day.
International Computer Security Day
Computer Security Day is a globally recognized annual event
to inform computer users of the significance
of computer security. Computer Security Day began in 1988 when
the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Association for Computer
Machinery (ACM) sought to bring computer-related security issues
to the nation’s forefront. Since that time, Computer
Security Day has evolved into a worldwide event. This annual
event is held around the world on November 30th although some
organizations choose to have functions on the next business
day if it falls on a weekend.