President Obama has declared October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. In his proclamation, noting that "cyber attacks must be the concern of all Americans," he set aside this month to:
"...highlight the responsibility of individuals, businesses, and governments to work together to improve their own cybersecurity and that of our Nation."
DOT supports the President's efforts to increase cybersecurity awareness and his intent to treat our digital infrastructure as a national strategic asset.
Many of the systems that manage our nation's transportation networks are part of that digital infrastructure. And we will absolutely do what is necessary to continue securing those systems and networks.
Deputy Secretary Porcari said the visit left him "an acute sense of urgency regarding threats to our networks, our critical cyber-infrastructure, and systems." But he was also thankful for NSA's leadership in cybersecurity and information assurance efforts.
Now, setting aside this month will not succeed unless, as the President urges, "Americans educate themselves about the risks they face and the actions they can take to protect themselves and our nation's digital infrastructure."
So please, everyone, take advantage of the resources the Dept. of Homeland Security and The Federal Trade Commission have compiled by visiting their websites www.dhs.gov/cyber and www.onguardonline.gov, as well as StaySafeOnline.org, where you can view basic cybersecurity tips that everyone can follow.