CyberSmart! supports National Cyber Security Awareness Month with teacher professional development and public service announcements

Bernardsville, New Jersey -- October 1, 2007

Each year, CyberSmart! joins with the National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Cyber Security Alliance (, and other partners to support National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a national campaign focused on educating the American public, businesses, schools and government agencies about ways to secure their part of cyber space. (CyberSmart! is a founding member of the National Cyber Security Alliance.)

The goal of National Cyber Security Awareness Month is to educate everyday Internet users on how to "Protect Yourself Before You Connect Yourself", by taking simple and effective steps. These steps will teach Internet users how to safeguard one's computer from the latest online threats, offer ways to respond to potential cyber-crime incidents, and link how each person's cyber security affects securing our nation's critical infrastructure.

CyberSmart! Activities

  • CyberSmart! Executive Director Mala Bawer will speak at the 3rd Annual “Kids Safe Online” conference sponsored by the State of New York. The event will be held at the Empire State Plaza on October 17th. The workshop is titled “21st Century Literacy Skills and Cyber Security Go Hand-In-Hand.”

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  • The Arkansas Press Association’s Newspaper in Education Department has partnered with CyberSmart! Education to offer a series of age-appropriate lessons on topics including “Safe Talk in Cyberspace,” and “Dealing with Online Bullies.” The lessons, redesigned for Newspapers in Education programs, offer positive, practical messages that can easily be implemented by teachers in the classroom, and also by parents at home. Each lesson meets or exceeds state and national education standards and will be published in newspapers throughout the state of Arkansas beginning October 2007.