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Cyber Security Awareness Month

Effective Date: Monday, October 1st, 2012

WHEREAS, technology continues to play a vital role in everyday life, and is used by most citizens to complete a variety of personal tasks with regards to finances, information management, education, and keeping in contact with friends and family; and

WHEREAS, critical sectors are increasingly reliant on information systems to support financial services, energy delivery, telecommunications, transportation, utilities, health care, emergency response systems, government services and operation, and education; and

WHEREAS, internet users and our information infrastructure face an ever-growing threat of malicious cyber attacks, loss of privacy from spyware and adware, and significant financial loss due to identity theft and fraud. Likewise, our children are vulnerable to online exploitation. Protecting our youth from online predators is a paramount concern to the State of Alaska; and

WHEREAS, cyber crime presents a substantial drain on economies. Twenty-four countries around the world are estimated to have lost $388 billion in terms of money and lost time in 2011; and

WHEREAS, the State of Alaska Security Office has undertaken a comprehensive approach to enhancing cyber security for the State of Alaska; and

WHEREAS, in addition, many organizations have coordinated efforts to help internet users stay safer and more secure online. The Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign, a coordinated effort undertaken by a coalition of private companies, nonprofits, and government organizations, aims to help all internet users stay safe online. Alaskans can visit www.stopthinkconnect.org to learn more about the essentials of cyber security; and

WHEREAS, maintaining the security of cyberspace is a shared responsibility in which each user plays a critical role. During October, which is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Alaskans will have many opportunities to learn computer security essentials that will improve their personal security and protect our information infrastructure and economy.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sean Parnell, Governor of the State of Alaska, do hereby proclaim October 2012 as:

Cyber Security Awareness Month

in Alaska, and urge all Alaskan families, businesses, individuals, employees, and students to learn the basics of cyber security to maintain safety at home, at work, and in public.

Dated: October 1, 2012

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