Elon named a 2016 Champion for National Cyber Security Awareness Month

The campaign encourages shared responsibility in protecting computers and the nation's critical cybersecurity infrastructure. 

National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a national public awareness campaign that runs throughout the month of October and encourages individuals, businesses, organizations, colleges, universities and government to share the responsibility for protecting their computers and our nation’s critical cybersecurity infrastructure.

Elon University became a NCSAM champion this year to show its commitment to information security because so much of our information is now online.  Cybersecurity is a global issue that affects all of us and it is our shared responsibility to promote a safe and secure digital world.

Christina Bonds, application developer, led the effort of Elon becoming an NCSAM champion this year with the support of the director of information security, Keith Schoenefeld.  “Participating in and supporting the educational mission of the National Cyber Security Alliance by becoming an NCSAM Champion is just one way Technology at Elon can contribute to Elon University’s mission.  By helping our faculty, staff, and students understand how to safely navigate an increasingly connected world, we are better able to prepare ‘students to be global citizens and informed leaders motivated by concern for the common good'”, said Schoenefeld.

Valuable tips and information will be shared on Elon Technology’s Facebook page, @ElonTechnology on Twitter, and in blog posts to promote online safety awareness.  You can also follow the #CyberAware hashtag throughout October. 

What is NCSAM?

Recognized every October, National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) was created as a collaborative effort between industries and government to provide digital citizens the resources needed to stay safe and secure online and protect their personal information. 

Coordinated and led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), NCSAM reaches consumers, businesses, corporations, educational institutions and individuals across the globe with information and educational programs centered on practical approaches to cybersecurity. 2016 marks the 13th year of NCSAM.

View the entire list of 2016 NCSAM champions here