“With more than 50 percent of all devices connected to the internet, cyber security is a growing priority for parents, schools and businesses,” said Bob Darabant, vice president, Astaro Americas. “Becoming educated on the real threats that exist is as critical as implementing the security itself. Our campaign is bringing awareness to this important issue, and we hope businesses and individuals continue to think about potential risks whenever they use the Internet.”
To help promote cyber security awareness, Astaro has created a website dedicated to providing information regarding cyber security. The site offers tips for parents, students, educational institutions and businesses for staying safe online. Throughout October, the site will be updated with tips and resources that can be used to improve cyber security awareness and online behaviors.
In addition to the website, Astaro is hosting a video submission contest for students that will help illustrate the importance of Internet safety. Students can submit a one- to two-minute video answering the following questions on the Astaro Cyber Security Awareness Month website: Why is cyber security awareness important? What are you doing to stay safe online? At the end of the month, Astaro will select one winner from each age group. Winners will receive a new laptop.
“While our normal audience for promotional material is generally businesses,” Darabant added, “we feel it is important to involve children and teenagers in the educational process since they are more susceptible to the threats online. We hope the contest will get them thinking about their Internet behavior and open a dialog with their parents about important online issues such as cyber-bullying and online predators.”
About The National Cyber Security Alliance
The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is a non-profit organization. Through collaboration with the government, corporate, non-profit and academic sectors, the NCSA empowers a digital citizenry to use the Internet securely and safely, protecting themselves and the technology they use and the digital assets we all share. NCSA works to create a culture of cyber security and safety through education and awareness activities.
NCSA board members include: ADP, AT&T, EMC Corporation, Cisco Systems, Facebook, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Google, Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Services, McAfee, Microsoft, PayPal, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Symantec, Verizon and Visa. Visit www.staysafeonline.org for more information.
About National Cyber Security Awareness Month
National Cyber Security Awareness month, in its eighth year, is a coordinated effort of the National Cyber Security Alliance, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MSISAC).
With more than 60,000 installations worldwide, Astaro protects business, school, healthcare and government networks against IT security threats. Astaro combines the latest technologies in all-in-one solutions that are easy to deploy and manage. Distributed by a global network of certified partners, Astaro’s products provide complete protection for headquarters, branch offices and data centers, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Founded in 2000, Astaro, now a Sophos company, continues to be a leading vendor in the fast-growing market for Unified Threat Management. More information can be found at www.astaro.com.