The International Public Safety Association has announced a joint venture with the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Stop.Think.Connect. campaign, a national public awareness campaign involving the efforts of 150 government, nonprofit, and academic organizations to promote safer online behavior.
As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, encouraging Internet safety is increasingly critical. The Campaign is based on the notion that cybersecurity is a shared responsibility.
The International Public Safety Association is a non-profit organization established in July 2014 in the State of Arizona to bring the public safety community closer together by offering opportunities to network, cross-train, and build a stronger public safety community capable of an effective joint response to all incidents.
“Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility,” said Heather R. Cotter, Executive Direction of the International Public Safety Association. “It is critical for all public safety officials to be aware of the issues and potential threats within their agency and jurisdiction. As we enjoy the constantly evolving conveniences of living in a digital world, it’s also important to protect ourselves from the risks…The partnership with the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign demonstrates our commitment to proactively educate the entire public safety community about how to take simple steps to stay safe.”
The campaign’s impressive collection of participants allows it to reach Americans of all ages and aid in their understanding of the risks inherent with using the Internet, as well as provide helpful tips regarding how to protect themselves online.
“As technologies advance and the number of connected devices grows at an exponential rate, so do cyber threats and our need to understand online risks,” said Dr. Phyllis Schneck, Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity at DHS. “Together, the International Public Safety Association and the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign will increase cybersecurity awareness and promote new tools and initiatives, helping Americans better protect themselves, their families, and their communities online.”