October 2017: Cyber Security Awareness Month

WHEREAS, the state of Michigan recognizes that it has a vital role in identifying, protecting and responding to cyber threats that may have significant impact on our individual and collective security and privacy; and,

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

WHEREAS, the Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign (www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect or www.stopthinkconnect.org) has been designated as the National Public Awareness Campaign, implemented through a coalition of private companies, nonprofit and government organizations, as well as academic institutions working together to increase the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online; and,

WHEREAS, the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community (C3) Voluntary Program have been developed as free resources to help organizations (large and small, both public and private) implement the Cybersecurity Framework and improve their cyber practices through a practical approach to addressing evolving threats and challenges; and,

WHEREAS, maintaining the security of cyberspace is a shared responsibility in which each of us has a critical role to play. Awareness of computer security essentials will improve the security of the state of Michigan’s information infrastructure and economy; and,

WHEREAS, the President of the United States of America, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (www.dhs.gov/cyber), the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (https://www.cisecurity.org/ms-isac/.), the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (www.nascio.org), and the National Cyber Security Alliance (www.staysafeonline.org) have declared October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  All people are encouraged to visit these sites, along with the State of Michigan website (www.michigan.gov/cybersecurity) and the Stop.Think.Connect. campaign website (www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect or www.stopthinkconnect.org) to learn about cyber security and put that knowledge into practice in their homes, schools, workplaces, and businesses;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2017 as Cyber Security Awareness Month in Michigan.