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Cyber Security Awareness Month

TechWHEREAS, critical infrastructure sectors are increasingly reliant on information systems and technology to support financial services, energy, telecommunications, transportation, utilities, health care, and emergency response systems; and

WHEREAS, it is vital to identify, protect citizens from, and respond to cyber threats that may have significant impact to our individual and collective security and privacy; and

WHEREAS, a coalition of private companies, nonprofit and government organizations, and academic institutions working together have implemented the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign to increase public awareness and understanding of cyber threats and empower Americans to be more secure online; and

WHEREAS, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community (C3) Voluntary Program have been developed as free resources to help organizations large and small, both public and private, implement the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and improve cybersecurity practices to address evolving threats and challenges; and

WHEREAS, maintaining the security of cyberspace is a shared responsibility in which each of us has a critical role to play, and awareness of computer security essentials will improve the security of Alaska’s information, infrastructure, and economy; and

WHEREAS, the President of the United States of America, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (www.dhs.gov/cyber), the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (www.msisac.org), the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (www.nascio.org), and the National Cyber Security Alliance (www.staysafeonline.org) all recognize October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Bill Walker, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim October, 2016 as:

Cyber Security Awareness Month

in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to use the provided resources, along with Enterprise Technology Services (http://doa.alaska.gov/ets/) and the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign websites (www.stopthinkconnect.org) to improve their cybersecurity practices in their homes, schools and workplaces.

Dated: September 16, 2016

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