01 Oct 2010

Alliance kicks off Cyber Security Month

The National Cyber Security Alliance recently kicked off its annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month event.

The NCSA has hosted the event every year since 2003. This year, the alliance will be joined by co-sponsors the United States Department of Homeland Security and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center.

According to a release, the three organizations will help "consumers, schools, businesses and government agencies stay safe online, with October being a special time for focused public awareness and education." Experts always encourage internet users to regularly update antivirus software for the best online protection.

"Cyber security is our shared responsibility and last year we reached millions of Americans with that message and this year hope to reach even more," said NCSA Executive Director Michael Kaiser.

Events are planned throughout the month and will be hosted by the NCSA and several other cyber security organizations, such as the Anti-Phishing Working Group.

There is plenty of malware to warn web users about. An internet security company's new study of third quarter data revealed spam represented 95 percent of all email and Trojan attacks accounted for 55 percent of new malware samples.