National Cybersecurity Awareness Month events announced

October 2012 marks the ninth annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and this year’s events focus on the shared responsibility of all Internet users to make the web safer.

NCSAM is a coordinated national effort focusing on the need for improved online safety and security for all Americans.

The National Cyber Security Alliance, along with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, engages public- and private-sector partners through a series of events held nationwide to raise awareness and educate Americans about cybersecurity and increase the resiliency of the nation and its cyber infrastructure.

Scheduled activities include:

  • Online Trust Forum 2012, October 1-3, 2012, San Jose, CA
    The Forum will provide an interactive combination of keynotes, panels and workshops addressing key issues and opportunities including mobile, privacy, security, identity and brand protection. Speakers will critique best practices providing attendees prescriptive and actionable advice. Additionally, in support of NCSAM, on Oct 4th, Online Trust Alliance (OTA) is hosting the OTA Academy; three, full-day multi-stakeholder workshops and training sessions addressing top threats impacting user’s security, privacy and identity. The sessions are titled: Mobile Privacy Boot Camp, Botnet Remediation Workshop and Email and Domain Authentication training. For more information, visit:
  • SOeC Cybersecurity Symposium & Awards, October 11 – 12, 2012, San Diego, CA
    Securing Our eCity Foundation is hosting a security awareness education event that will explore the importance of cybersecurity for businesses from the perspective of A Day In the Life Of A Cyber Investigator. Cybersecurity experts will share their expertise, experience and solutions with the symposium’s attendees. For more information, visit:
  • Cyber Maryland Conference & Maryland Cyber Challenge and Competition, October 16-17, 2012, Baltimore, MD
    More than 1,000 people will convene during NCSAM for the regions premiere professional cybersecurity gathering. Visit: for details. The Maryland Cyber Challenge & Competition (MDC3) is also returning for the second year in a row as the state’s biggest cybersecurity battle. MDC3 is the only event of its kind to offer three levels of competition: high school, college and professional. Learn more and register at

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