Data breaches are happening far too often. Stories about personal information being compromised are part of the daily news cycle. But even after the fact, many people are still not taking internet safety seriously. Let’s not forget that human error causes 90 percent of security incidents.
Training employees about cybersecurity is essential but educating younger generations from the moment they gain access to the internet, should be a priority. This year, at (ISC)² Security Congress in New Orleans, cyber, information, software and infrastructure security professionals will learn about cyber safety education thanks to the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, the charitable arm of (ISC)². The Center relies on (ISC)² members to develop cyber safety programs for seniors, parents and children. Its mission is to empower students, families and whole communities to secure their online life through cybersecurity education and awareness with the Safe and Secure Online educational program; information security scholarships; and both industry and consumer research.
In line with this year’s Security Congress theme, “Enrich. Enable. Excel.” the Center is providing multiple opportunities for cybersecurity experts to learn how to go above and beyond within their communities. If you are a professional in the security field and want to give back to your local community, we recommend you attend the Center’s session Tuesday, October 9 at 8:00am “Making Cyber Security Personal.” Whether you are looking to get involved in your child’s school or give presentations about online safety in the community, we will make sure you have the materials you need to become a cyber safety hero in your area. Plus, you earn CPE credits while volunteering, so it’s a win-win situation for everyone. This will be followed up with a 10:30am panel discussion on what other (ISC)² Chapters are doing around the world to bring cyber safety lessons to their communities in a session entitled “Members Giveback.”
But wait, there is more! This year the Center is launching its very first Cyber Safety Day, Monday, October 8th, a one-day event taking place during October’s Cybersecurity Awareness. The goal is to collaborate with companies that are passionate about cyber safety to provide elementary schools in New Orleans with Garfield’s Cyber Safety Adventures digital citizenship curriculum. This is a great opportunity for companies and individuals to take part in a feel-good event and make a lasting impact while visiting New Orleans. Once contributions are finalized, the Center will coordinate with local schools to deliver the materials. In addition, one lucky school will receive a surprise visit from Garfield, everyone’s favorite cat! Teachers will deliver the lesson Monday, October 8, as part of Cyber Safety Day – New Orleans.
Finally, join us for a good cause aboard the Center Celebration Riverboat Cruise! This much-anticipated party is the grand finale to “Center Day” during Security Congress. The night will be filled with live jazz, creole cuisine, drinks and beautiful views. All proceeds will go toward the development of cyber safety materials.