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U.S. Department of Homeland Security Announces Cybersecurity Campaign Challenge

Secretary Napolitano challenges community to raise awareness with the American public
RSA Conference 2010


News Facts

* U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano unveiled the National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign Challenge during her keynote address at RSA' Conference (, the world's leading information security conferences and exposition. * The competition is designed to solicit ideas from industry and individuals alike on how to most effectively educate the American public on cybersecurity. The best and most creative ideas will be gathered and publicly shared. * Proposals should be submitted to the Department of Homeland Security by April 30, 2010. Winners of the Challenge will be invited to an event in Washington, D.C., in late spring. They will also partner with the Department to lead in the planning and launch of the campaign during Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October. * More information on the competition can be found at: * The full video and a downloadable podcast of Secretary Napolitano's keynote, as well as all RSA Conference 2010 keynotes, can be found at:

Quote attributable to Sandra Toms LaPedis, Area Vice President and General Manager of RSA Conference:

"Throughout its rich history, RSA Conference has provided a forum for discussion between the private and public sectors. We are honored that Secretary Napolitano elected to announce this contest at RSA Conference, as it demonstrates the importance of raising awareness about cybersecurity with the American public. In the advent of social networking, powerful global botnets and rampant identity theft, the American consumer needs to understand how to protect themselves from cyberthreats. The Cybersecurity Campaign Challenge underscores the federal government's commitment to this endeavor."

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