Cyber Security Industry Alliance Newsletter • Volume 2, Number 2 • October 2005

October Is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Participating Academic Institutions

1. Indiana University
2. Rutgers University
3. University of Delaware
4. Cal Polytechnic State University
5. Sinclair Community College
6. University of Maryland
7. Brown University
8. St. Mary’s University
9. New York University
10. University of Georgia
11. Texas Christian University
12. University of NC at Charlotte
13. Illinois State University
14. West Chester University of PA
15. Medical College of Georgia
16. Carnegie Mellon
17. El Paso Community College
18. Hartwick College
19. West Virginia University
20. Cornell University
21. University of Hawaii
22. University of Utah
23. Cal Poly Pomona
24. San Diego State University
25. Western Carolina University
26. University of Missouri-Rolla
27. Arizona State
28. Pennsylvania State University
29. Texas State
30. University of Florida
31. University of Memphis
32. Rice University
33. Cal State, San Bernardino
34. Willamette University
35. Eastern Michigan University
36. State University of NY, Buffalo
37. Calvin College
38. Kansas State
39. University of North Dakota
40. University of Rochester
41. Auburn University

The National Cyber Security Alliance is recognizing October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month by reaching out to consumers, educators, students, and small businesses to promote safe online practices to each of these groups. NCSA’s efforts so far have included cyber security awareness media campaigns reaching an estimated 25 million consumers, working with EDUCAUSE to bring events to 41 universities, and seeing 30 Governors sign proclamations recognizing NCSA Month.

The official kick-off event for National Cyber Security Awareness Month featured the Federal Trade Commission launching their OnGuard Online website. OnGuard Online provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help consumers stay “on guard” against Internet fraud, secure their computers, and protect personal information. The event featured presentations by Deborah Platt Majoras, the Federal Trade Commission Chairman, Andy Purdy, Acting Director of the National Cyber Security Division, Ron Teixeira, Executive Director of the National Cyber Security Alliance, and Susan Grant, Vice President for Public Policy for the National Consumers League.

Academic institutions are playing a part in the grassroots efforts to send out key cyber security messages to the public. Around the country, 41 academic institutions are participating in different events. See sidebar for participating institutions.

EDUCAUSE helped coordinate a large number of these academic institutions to become involved in National Cyber Security Awareness Month. EDUCAUSE and the University of Wisconsin held a cyber security boot camp that provided IT support personnel with an introduction to the common cyber security issues their organizational users will face. The University of Maryland hosted the 4th Annual Cyber Security, Cyber Safety and Cyber Ethics Conference (C3 Conference) for educators, which was co-sponsored by NCSA. The core mission of the C3 Conference was to inform the education community about the ethical, legal, safety and security implications of technology use. Former FTC Commissioner Orson Swindle was the Keynote Speaker for the Conference's Luncheon.

Governors Issuing Proclamations

1. Alaska - Governor Frank Murkowski
2. Arizona - Governor Janet Napolitano
3. Arkansas - Governor Mike Huckabee
4. Colorado – Governor Bill Owens
5. Connecticut - Governor M. Jodi Rell
6. Delaware - Governor Ruth Ann Minner
7. District of Columbia - Mayor Anthony
8. Georgia- Governor Sonny Purdue
9. Illinois - Governor Rod Blagojevich
10. Iowa - Governor Thomas Vilsack
11. Kentucky - Governor Ernie Fletcher
12. Michigan - Governor Jennifer Granholm
13. Minnesota – Governor Tim Pawlenty
14. Missouri - Governor Matt Blunt
15. Montana - Governor Brian Schweitzer
      (Signed a letter in support)
16. Nebraska - Governor Dave Heineman
17. Nevada - Governor Kenny C. Guinn
18. New Hampshire - Governor John Lynch
19. New York - Governor George E. Pataki
20. North Carolina - Governor Michael Easley
21. Oklahoma - Governor Brad Henry
22. Oregon – Governor Ted Kulongoski
23. South Carolina - Governor Mark Sanford
24. South Dakota - Governor Mike Rounds
25. Tennessee - Governor Phil Bredesen
26. Texas – Governor Governor Rick Perry
27. Utah - Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr.
28. Washington - Governor Christine Gregoire
29. Wisconsin - Governor Jim Doyle
30. Wyoming - Governor David Freudenthan


At the State level, a key part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month is the involvement of Governors raising the profile of the month and cyber security issues. With help from the Multi-State ISAC, 30 Governors have issued proclamations declaring October National Cyber Security Awareness Month. See the list of Governors who have issued proclamations to date.

The Oregon Attorney General and US Attorney held a press conference announcing "The Oregon Cyberspace Initiative," a public service project designed to educate Oregon users on the need for computer security. At the press conference, the Oregon Attorney General played the NCSA's "Stop Think Click" Public Service Announcement for all the TV networks in Oregon.

Activities and information offered during National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2005 have reached an estimated 25 million consumers, and NCSA will continue to educate consumers, students, teachers, and small business owners not only during October, but year-round. For a list of events during National Cyber Security Awareness Month, visit