Cyber Security 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, information systems support many sectors of Virginia’s economy, including financial services, energy, telecommunications, transportation, utilities, health care, and emergency response systems; and

WHEREAS, citizens, schools, libraries, businesses, and other organizations use the Internet for a variety of tasks, including keeping in contact with family and friends, managing personal finances, performing research, enhancing education, and conducting business; and

WHEREAS, information technology is integral to teaching and learning, research, outreach, and service at educational institutions; and

WHEREAS, Internet users and Virginia’s information technology infrastructure are under increasing threat of malicious cyber attacks, including loss of privacy from spyware and adware, and financial losses from identity theft and fraud; and

WHEREAS, Virginia has adoptedthe National Institute for Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework to help improve cyber practices to address evolving threats and challenges; 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, Cyber Security 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 2014 as CYBER SECURITY AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.