Mercer Named a Champion for Cybersecurity Awareness Month

MACON/ATLANTA – Mercer University, for the fourth consecutive year, is a Champion for Cybersecurity Awareness Month, which promotes online safety and privacy.

Held annually in October, the Cybersecurity Awareness Month Champions Program is a collaborative effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations and individuals committed to growing the global effort to promote the awareness of cybersecurity.

In order to encourage cybersecurity best practices, this year’s theme is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.

“Mercer University’s Information Technology team is pleased to join in this effort to raise awareness about the importance of following best practices for cybersecurity,” said Denise Rogers, executive director of IT Client Support Services. “During the month of October, we will highlight tips that everyone can follow to help ensure the data on their devices is secure. Visit our website or join the conversation with us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook @ITMercer.”

Now in its 17th year, Cybersecurity Awareness Month continues to build momentum and impact with the ultimate goal of providing all Americans with the information they need to stay safer and more secure online. The initiative is co-led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

“Cybersecurity is important to the success of all businesses and organizations,” said Kelvin Coleman, executive director of NCSA. “NCSA is proud to have such a strong and active community helping to encourage proactive behavior and prioritize cybersecurity in their organizations.”

About Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Cybersecurity Awareness Month is designed to engage and educate public- and private-sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity to increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. Since the Presidential proclamation establishing Cybersecurity Awareness Month in 2004, the initiative has been formally recognized by Congress, federal, state and local governments and leaders from industry and academia. This united effort is necessary to maintain a cyberspace that is safer and more resilient and remains a source of tremendous opportunity and growth for years to come.

About NCSA 

NCSA is the Nation’s leading nonprofit, public-private partnership promoting cybersecurity and privacy education and awareness. NCSA works with a broad array of stakeholders in government, industry and civil society. NCSA’s primary partners are the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and NCSA’s Board of Directors, which includes representatives from ADP; AIG; American Express; Bank of America; Cofense; Comcast Corporation; Eli Lilly and Company; ESET North America; Facebook; Intel Corporation; Lenovo; LogMeIn; Marriott International; Mastercard; MediaPro; Microsoft Corporation; Mimecast; KnowBe4; NortonLifeLock; Proofpoint; Raytheon; Trend Micro, Inc.; Uber: U.S. Bank; Visa and Wells Fargo. NCSA’s core efforts include Cybersecurity Awareness Month (October); Data Privacy Day (Jan. 28); STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™, the global online safety awareness and education campaign co-founded by NCSA and the Anti-Phishing Working Group with federal government leadership from the Department of Homeland Security; and CyberSecure My Business™, which offers webinars, web resources and workshops to help businesses be resistant to and resilient from cyberattacks. For more information on NCSA, please visit https://staysafeonline.org.