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, 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’s Cyber Security Commission was formed and has made recommendations to enhance the security of information entrusted to the Commonwealth, and Executive Directive #6 has been issued to further secure sensitive data; and

WHEREAS, Virginia has adopted the 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, 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 2016 as CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.