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For immediate release: September 16, 2009
Meghan Penning

NASCIO Pledges Support for National Cyber Security Awareness Month

(Lexington, KY) - For the sixth consecutive year, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) joins other national organizations in recognizing October 2009 as National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The National Cyber Security Alliance, a consortium of government agencies and private industry sponsors, organizes this campaign to increase the public’s awareness of cyber security and crime issues, so that citizens can take precautions to avoid those threats on the Internet.

Public relations activities, educational programs, events and initiatives that target home users, small businesses, education audiences (K-12 and higher education), and child safety online will be featured throughout October in accordance with raising cyber security awareness and education. “Cyberspace and information technology now touch all aspects of government and it poses serious risks that all government leaders need to understand and manage,” said Gopal Khanna, Minnesota CIO and NASCIO President. “NASCIO continues to support October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month and is pleased that so many state governments conduct cyber security awareness-raising efforts throughout the month.” To broaden this awareness, Khanna urged the national media to promote this October campaign with an Open Letter to the Media.

“State governments face cyber security threats every day,” said NASCIO Executive Director, Doug Robinson. “Our members know that education and awareness is a top priority and offers a significant return on investment to reduce the risks to critical state systems, services and data.”

As resources for the states, NASCIO has launched a resource site and produced a compendium of state of cyber security awareness examples. The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) has educational toolkits and other resources available for download. To find out more about promoting National Cyber Security Awareness Month, please visit and

NASCIO is the premier network and resource for state CIOs and a leading advocate for technology policy at all levels of government. NASCIO represents state chief information officers and information technology executives from the states, territories, and the District of Columbia. The primary state government members are senior officials who have executive level and statewide responsibility for information technology leadership. State officials who are involved in agency level information technology management may participate as state members. Representatives from other public sector and non-profit organizations may also participate as associate members. Private sector firms may join as corporate members and participate in the Corporate Leadership Council. For more information about NASCIO visit

For more information, please contact Charles Robb, NASCIO Issues Coordinator at (859) 514-9209 or or NASCIO Communications Coordinator, Shawn Karrick at (859) 514-9156 or



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