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CompTIA Becomes National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2015 Champion

Sep 30, 2015

Downers Grove, Ill. – CompTIA, the information technology (IT) industry association, today announced that it has become a Champion for National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCASM) 2015. CompTIA joins a growing global effort among colleges and universities, businesses, government agencies, associations, nonprofit organizations and individuals to promote online safety awareness.

Celebrated every October, National Cyber Security Awareness Month was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure everyone has the resources needed to stay safer and more secure online. As an official Champion, CompTIA recognizes its commitment to cybersecurity and online safety.

“Whether it’s at home or at work, in the classroom or on the road, there’s a need for all of us to be vigilant with our online activities so we don’t become a victim of cyber-crooks and hackers,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO, CompTIA. “Cybersecurity assurance depends on human actions, education and knowledge. We’re pleased to join other champions of National Cyber Security Awareness Month in this effort to raise awareness of the need to be cyber-safe.”

Coordinated and led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Department of Homeland Security, NCASM has grown exponentially since its inception, reaching consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation and internationally. This year marks the 12th year of NCASM.

“The Champion Program is a vital part of making National Cyber Security Awareness Month a success each year,” said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance. “We are thankful to our 2015 Champion organizations for their support and commitment to our shared responsibility of promoting cyber security and other online safety awareness.”

CompTIA is at the forefront of cybersecurity education and preparedness, providing skills certifications for individuals IT workers; credentials and tools for organizations; market leading research on security trends, threats and prevention strategies; industry communities and committees committed to security best practices and policies; and soon, new cybersecurity awareness training for anyone who touches a PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet.

For more information about National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the NCASM Champions program and how to participate in NCASM activities, visit http://www.staysafeonline.org/ncasm. You can follow and use the hashtag #cyberaware through the month.

About CompTIA
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a non-profit trade association serving as the voice of the information technology industry. With approximately 2,000 member companies, 55,000 registered users, 3,000 academic and training partners and more than two million IT certifications issued, CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications and public policy advocacy. To learn more, visit CompTIA online, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

About National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Now in its 12th year, NCSAM is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cyber security in order to increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. Since President Obama’s proclamation establishing NCSAM in 2004, NCSAM has been formally recognized by Congress, federal, state and local governments and leaders from industry and academia. This united effort is necessary to maintain a cyberspace that is safer, more resilient and remains a source of tremendous opportunity and growth for years to come. For more information, visit http://www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam or www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month.

About The National Cyber Security Alliance
The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is the nation's leading nonprofit, public-private partnership promoting digital privacy and the safe and secure use of the Internet. Working with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), private sector sponsors and nonprofit collaborators to promote cybersecurity awareness, NCSA board members include representatives from ADP, AT&T, Bank of America, Comcast Corporation, EMC Corporation, ESET, Facebook, Google, Intel, Logical Operations, McAfee, Microsoft, Raytheon, Symantec, Verizon and Visa. Through collaboration with the government, corporate, nonprofit and academic sectors, NCSA’s mission is to educate and empower a digital citizenry to use the Internet securely and safely, protect themselves and the technology they use, and protect the digital assets we all share. NCSA leads initiatives for STOP.THINK.CONNECT.TM, a global cybersecurity awareness campaign to help all digital citizens stay safer and more secure online; Data Privacy Day, celebrated annually on January 28 and National Cyber Security Awareness Month, launched every October. For more information on NCSA, please visithttp://www.staysafeonline.org/about-us/overview/.

About STOP. THINK. CONNECT.
STOP. THINK. CONNECT. is the global cybersecurity awareness campaign to help all digital citizens stay safer and more secure online. The campaign was created by an unprecedented coalition of private companies, non-profits and government organizations with leadership provided by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG). The Department of Homeland Security leads the federal engagement in the campaign. Learn how to get involved at the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/STOPTHINKCONNECT, on Twitter at @STOPTHNKCONNECT, and at http://www.stopthinkconnect.org.

Contact
Steven Ostrowski
CompTIA
sostrowski@comptia.org

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