October 2012: Cyber Security Awareness Month

WHEREAS, technology plays a vital role in our daily lives and in the future of our state and nation; the Internet is frequently used within homes, schools, libraries, businesses and other organizations for a variety of tasks including performing research, conducting business, enhancing education and keeping in touch with family and friends; and,


WHEREAS, critical sectors increasingly rely on information systems to support financial services, energy, telecommunications, transportation, utilities, health care and emergency response systems; and,


WHEREAS, maintaining the security of our cyber networks, infrastructure and economy is of utmost importance and the growing number of calculated attacks on this security is a serious threat; and,


WHEREAS, the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign (www.stopthinkconnect.org) is a national effort coordinated by a coalition of private companies, nonprofits and government organizations to help all digital citizens stay safer and more secure online; and,


WHEREAS, during this month, we join with the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other information technology organizations and agencies to raise awareness of the importance of cyber security in Michigan and throughout the United States;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2012 as Cyber Security Awareness Month in Michigan.