DHS, Fortune 500 CEOs and Digital Industry Leaders Launch Cyber Awareness Events

As part of a week of events designed to draw attention to cybersecurity, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Rand Beers and Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity Phyllis Schneck joined Fortune 500 CEOs and digital industry leaders Monday to ring the NASDAQ MarketSite Opening Bell. The event was part of numerous activities this week to call attention to National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Ringing the NASDAQ bell was followed by an afternoon discussion of the role executives and board members can play in managing cyber risk. The panel of authorities also highlighted the importance of stronger cybersecurity practices throughout the business community.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month is a public-private initiative in its 10th year that’s coordinated and led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The month’s universal theme is, "Our Shared Responsibility," which encourages everyone to take ownership of their role in staying safer online and making the Internet more secure for all.

During the week, business community leaders will take part in various forums and meetings to explore how enterprises can take part in making the Internet safer through making their businesses more cybersecure and fighting cybercrime.

Also this week, a partnership by NCSA and Business Executives for National Security (BENS) also launches Re:Cyber, a new cyber risk online platform developed.

Re:Cyber supplies business leaders with a basis for determining cyber risk in their own companies and a roadmap for devising a plan on how best to manage it,” the two organizations said in a statement. “Businesses will be able to tailor the advice available on the platform to fit their company’s business model, ensuring ideal cyber best-practices are put into action.

“Businesses need to create a stronger culture of cybersecurity within their organizations,” the organizations said. “When NCSA last polled small and mid-sized businesses about their online safety posture, eighty-three percent of them did not have a written plan in place for keeping their business cyber-secure; while eighty-seven percent of these businesses did not have a formal written Internet security policy for employees. These numbers illustrate the importance of educational resources and support for the business community as it collectively strives to elevate its cybersecurity stature.”

"We’re excited about our partnership with BENS,” said Michael Kaiser, executive director of NCSA. “Re:Cyber will provide an important portal for executives and boards to get up-to-date information to make their companies more resistant to and resilient from cyber attacks. We hope today’s discussions will inspire even more companies to adopt strong cybersecurity practices as part of their regular business activities and to better understand the need to protect data, intellectual property and their customers."

"Raising awareness of the cyber threat at the CEO, audit committee and board levels helps leaders in the private sector mitigate cyber risks that affect us all," said Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, president and CEO of BENS. "We’re thrilled to join forces with NCSA and others to assist executives in better managing cyber risk at the enterprise level."

"Engaging with the business community around cybersecurity has never been more important than it is today," said Andrew Lee, CEO of ESET North America. "Discussing cybersecurity concerns openly is the best way to ensure we can all live safely in a digital age, so we are delighted that BENS and NCSA have provided a platform to do so."

In addition to the Re:Cyber offering, more information and tips are available atwww.staysafeonline.org. You can also learn more information about staying safe online by participating in #ChatSTC Twitter Chats throughout October.  A full listing of Twitter Chats is available at:http://www.stopthinkconnect.org/get-involved/twitter-chats/.

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