New York Governor Kathy Hochul has proclaimed October 2021 as Cyber Security Awareness Month in New York state. The announcement comes as part of the state’s effort to raise awareness on the importance of all New Yorkers developing smart cybersecurity practices and safe online habits among growing internet threats.
Observed each October, Cyber Security Awareness month is a nationally recognized collaborative effort to engage and educate the public about security and to provide tools and resources to help members of the public stay safe online.
“As our local, state, and federal assets are increasingly forced to cope with the damage caused by online criminal activity, it is critically important that both individuals and institutions ensure a dedicated focus on good cybersecurity practices,” Hochul said in a press release issued by her office. “We are raising awareness for New Yorkers at all levels of the public and private sector so that our state can continue to lead the nation in aggressively combatting this evolving 21st century threat.”
The theme for the 18th annual Cyber Security Awareness Month – “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart” – highlights the growing importance of cybersecurity and encourages individuals and organizations to take the necessary measures to protect themselves in an increasingly connected world, the release stated.
“As cyberattacks continue to rise, it is critical for all of us to secure potential gaps to reduce the risk of such attacks,” said Adrienne A. Harris, acting superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services, in the release. “The New York State Department of Financial Services continues to uphold the Department’s innovative, first-in-the-nation cybersecurity regulation to help ensure regulated entities are vigilant against cyberattacks, protecting consumers and the integrity of New York’s financial services industry.”
Source: New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s Office
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