The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Stop.Think.Connect. campaign today announced a new partnership with the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), which seeks to reduce crime by helping citizens work with law enforcement to promote cybersecurity awareness and online safety. The campaign will provide NCPC with tools and resources to educate teens, young adults and parents about how youth can protect themselves from the risk of theft, fraud and abuse online.
"Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, and everyone must play their part," said Secretary Napolitano. "Through partnerships like this one, and initiatives like National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the Department is reaching out to audiences of all ages on the role each of us plays in securing cyberspace."
"In today's technology-driven world we share so much personal information about our lives in 140 characters or less that we often fail to see how it can put us at risk," said NCPC President and CEO Ann M. Harkins. "Partnering with the Department of Homeland Security on cybersecurity awareness is the perfect complement to National Crime Prevention Month, which NCPC celebrates every October, asking every citizen to renew or join the commitment to help Take A Bite Out Of Crime®."
Stop.Think.Connect. is a national public awareness effort to guide the nation to a higher level of Internet safety and security by educating and empowering the American public to be more vigilant about practicing safe online habits. The campaign encourages Americans to view Internet safety and security as a shared responsibility at home, in the workplace, and in our communities.
NCPC was founded in 1982 with the goal of reducing crime by helping citizens work with law enforcement. Using a train-the-trainer model, NCPC has trained thousands of crime prevention practitioners and allies, including law enforcement personnel, educators, parents, youth, local and state government officials, and community leaders, to help them help their communities reduce crime.
This new partnership continues the Stop.Think.Connect. campaign's ongoing outreach to the nation's youth and organizations that serve them. Recently, DHS announced partnerships with Drug Abuse Resistance Education America and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month--an annual opportunity to raise awareness about cyber threats while promoting online safety. Everyone has a role to play in protecting cyberspace and DHS is urging Americans to ACT or "Achieve Cybersecurity Together."