Mercer Named a Champion for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

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

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

In order to encourage cybersecurity best practices, this year’s theme is “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.”

“Mercer University’s Information Technology team is pleased to once again join in the national effort to educate others about cybersecurity best practices,” said Denise Rogers, executive director of IT Client Support Services. “Our website features helpful tips and includes a ‘Security Alert’ section to help bring awareness to active phishing attempts.”

NCSAM is celebrating its 16th year, continuing 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 (CISA) 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.”

For more information about NCSAM 2019 and how to participate in a wide variety of activities, visit staysafeonline.org/ncsam and follow and use the official NCSAM hashtag #BeCyberSmart on social media throughout the month.

About National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

NCSAM 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 NCSAM 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. For more information, visit staysafeonline.org/ncsam or niccs.us-cert.gov/national-cybersecurity-awareness-month-2019.

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 Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and NCSA’s Board of Directors, which includes representatives from ADP; American Express; Bank of America; CDK Global, LLC; CertNexus; Cisco; Cofense; Comcast Corporation; Eli Lilly and Company; ESET North America; Facebook; Google; Infosec; Intel Corporation; Marriott International; Mastercard; Microsoft Corporation; Mimecast; NXP Semiconductors; Proofpoint; Raytheon; Symantec Corporation; Trend Micro, Inc.; Uber: U.S. Bank; Visa and Wells Fargo. NCSA’s core efforts include National 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/about/.

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Nadia Pressley