2017 Cybersecurity Awareness Month


WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia recognizes that it has a vital role in identifying, protecting, and responding to cyber threats to individual and collective security and privacy; and

WHEREAS, Virginia emphasizes cybersecurity in state government by developing policies and devoting human and financial resources to protect the information shared by her citizens; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is increasingly reliant on information systems and technology to support its services to its citizens and must ensure the security of those systems and technology; and

WHEREAS, Virginia supports the Stop.Think.Connect.™ national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering Virginia to be safer and more secure online; and

WHEREAS, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community (C3) Voluntary Program are free resources offered to help organizations implement the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and improve cybersecurity practices through a practical approach to addressing evolving threats and challenges; and

WHEREAS, maintaining the security of cyberspace is a shared responsibility in which each of us has a critical role to play, and awareness of computer security essentials will improve the security of the Commonwealth’s information, infrastructure, and new Virginia economy; and 

WHEREAS, Virginia joins the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (www.dhs.gov/cyber), Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (www.msisac.org), National Association of State Chief Information Officers (www.nascio.org), the National Cyber Security Alliance (www.staysafeonline.org), state and local governments, and private industry in recognizing October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month; and

WHEREAS, citizens across the Commonwealth are encouraged to visit these websites, along with the Virginia Information Technologies Agency website (www.vita.virginia.gov), and the Stop.Think.Connect. campaign website (www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect) to learn about cybersecurity and put that knowledge into practice in homes, schools, workplaces and businesses; and

WHEREAS, Cybersecurity Awareness Month is an opportunity to address the importance of educating individuals on cyber threats, and to recognize the value of cyber security;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 2017 as CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.