Special Edition of Cybersecurity for Everyone With Your Organization's Logo

Nov 10 2015

Cybersecurity for Everyone was written to address the needs of everyday Internet users who make up the largest demographic using both computers and mobile computing devices. Everyday Internet users are not IT or Cybersecurity professionals, they don’t have a degree in computer science yet they are using IT devices daily. In today’s Internet connected world where many organizations provide invaluable services to their customers worldwide it is important for everyone to work together to ensure our mutual security. This principal was espoused by President Obama through his Presidential Proclamation leading into the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month this past October.  He said, “When our Nation's intellectual property is stolen, it harms our economy, and when a victim experiences online theft, fraud, or abuse, it puts all of us at risk.” Last summer we heard about the cyber-attack on JPMorgan Chase where 76 million household and seven million small business accounts were potentially compromised and the more recent breach of the Office of Personnel Management underscores the collective risk we all face.

Lt. Gen. Daniel Bolger, U.S. Army (Ret.) said of Cybersecurity for Everyone, “I have really enjoyed your book Cybersecurity for Everyone.  My computer knowledge is middling at best, but I was able to follow your explanations and recommendations--this is common sense cybersecurity." The idea of our shared responsibility as championed by President Obama is critical. Organizations around the world have a challenging job protecting their networks to ensure they meet the needs and expectations of customers. When everyone is better educated about the risks and understand how to implement simple, effective, and reliable security principles our mutual security is greatly enhanced. I believe most customers look to the businesses they deal with as trusted partners focused on protecting their assets and personal information.

We would like to propose a special edition of “Cybersecurity for Everyone” that organizations can then make available as a gift to their staff and members. This special edition of Cybersecurity for Everyone will be specially branded for your organization which would further cement the importance you place on this topic for your members. Signalman publishing will provide a significant discount for any bulk orders through this program. Signalman Publishing can be reached at 3700 Commerce Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34741, Phone: 1-888-907-4423, and email: info@signalmanpublishing.com.

P.S. The Heritage Foundation highlighted awareness, education, and training in their report A Congressional Guide: Seven Steps to U.S. Security, Prosperity, and Freedom in Cyberspace.1 I found the following information relevant as it discusses the salient issues we face as a nation still trying to integrate technology in our daily lives. 

 

The American people recognize that there is a problem with securing the cyber domain. They hear about it regularly on the news, and know, abstractly, that it is there. The difficulty is that they receive mixed messages. What the public lacks is consistent, accurate, and up-to-date information. The federal government has tried to play a role here but has failed. That is no surprise. Initiatives like the Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber Security Month send exactly the wrong message because it does little to change how the citizens see cybersecurity. More must be done by the private sector and local organizations to bring this issue to the attention of the American public—a once-a-year public relations stunt is not enough. All Americans, not just Washington, have agency in cyberspace. The nation, not Washington, must take ownership and responsibility for the cyber commons. Top-down directives are not the answer. Private entities, nongovernmental organizations, along with universities and other research institutions, ought to play a much more active and prominent role in supporting personal cybersecurity safety and community-centric programs.

There must also be a viable program of professional base-level training that is encouraged for the general non-IT workforce. Nearly every job now involves the use of digital devices in some aspect of work. The general workforce must receive continuing education that goes beyond the present system, which is comprised of FISMA-compliant classes that accomplish little beyond checking off a box. These cyber “survival skills” should employ a dynamic curriculum, developed by the private sector, which keeps the workforce current and prevents it from being easily victimized. Any legislation should acknowledge this and encourage meaningful but dynamic training from nongovernmental sources. Pg 11,

 

1.        Bucci, Steven P., PhD, Paul Rosenzweig, and David Inserra. A Congressional Guide: Seven Steps to U.S. Security, Prosperity, and Freedom in Cyberspace. BACKGROUNDER. The Heritage Foundation, March 28, 2013. http://s3.amazonaws.com/thf_media/2013/pdf/bg2785.pdf

 

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