Kentucky Promotes Cyber Security Awareness
"I do hereby proclaim October 2005 as Cyber Security Awareness Month in Kentucky and encourage all citizens to learn about cyber security and to put that knowledge into practice in their homes, schools, workplaces and businesses."
- Gov. Ernie Fletcher
Mike Inman, Commissioner of COT,
welcomes attendees to the Cyber
Security Awareness seminar.
COT Cyber Security Awareness Seminar
registration table for attendees.
During the month of October the Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT) promoted cyber security awareness. October was the National Cyber Security Awareness month, first established in October 2004. The awareness campaign was a collective effort to raise cyber security awareness nationwide and empower citizens, businesses, government and schools to improve their cyber security preparedness and to stay safe online.
On October 4, in recognition of the National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Gov. Ernie Fletcher signed the Cyber Security Awareness Proclamation. In signing the proclamation, Gov. Fletcher encouraged all citizens to learn about cyber security and to put that knowledge into practice in their homes, schools, workplaces and businesses. With the onslaught of new online threats such as identity theft and spyware, encouraging safe online behavior is a public policy priority. Security of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky is of great concern. Gov. Fletcher strongly encouraged the commonwealth’s citizens to be vigilant in their cyber activities to protect themselves and their children from threats that are prevalent in today’s society.
On October 25, in cooperation with the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, COT hosted a Cyber Security Awareness seminar. The focus of the seminar was to promote cyber security awareness in the commonwealth and to encourage safe computing at work and at home. Topics included: network security, identity theft, anti-virus software, malware, spyware and consumer protection. Seminar presenters included the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General, McAfee and Systems Design Group, Inc.
Although it may not seem real, cyber crime has actual victims and very concrete consequences. As the Cyber Security Awareness seminar demonstrated, whether it’s a loss of money, time, pride or life, someone or something is always a victim. The best way to prevent cyber crime is to educate about the types of cyber crime, the costs of cyber crimes to the victims and the consequences for committing such crimes.
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