FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 7, 2017
Contact: R-CISC Press Office
The Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC) Joins as Official Champion of National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2017
Washington, DC — The Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center, which houses the Retail ISAC, today announced that it has become a Champion of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2017. The R-CISC is joining a growing global effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations and individuals to promote online safety awareness.
Recognized every October, NCSAM was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure all digital citizens have the resources needed to stay safer and more secure online while also protecting their personal information. As an official Champion, the R-CISC recognizes not only its commitment to cybersecurity, but to online safety and privacy.
“We are proud champions of National Cyber Security Month, committed to enhancing cybersecurity and ensuring a secure internet. The R-CISC, which houses the Retail ISAC, is expanding the real-time sharing of cyber threat intelligence and working to better protect the industry as a whole,” said Suzie Squier, Executive Director of the R-CISC.
Coordinated and led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), NCSAM has grown exponentially since its inception, reaching consumers, small- and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation and internationally. Kicking off NCSAM’s 14th year, this October presents a new opportunity to expand cybersecurity and privacy education and awareness globally.
“The Champion program is a vital part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month’s ongoing success. 870 organizations joined last year, a 24-percent increase from the year before,” said Michael Kaiser, NCSA’s executive director. “We are thankful to our 2017 Champion organizations for their support and commitment to our shared responsibility of promoting cybersecurity and online safety awareness.”
The R-CISC will kick off National Cyber Security Awareness Month at its Annual Cyber Intelligence Summit on Oct 3-4. The Summit bringing together 200 CISOs and their teams from the greater retail and consumer services industries – including restaurants, hospitality, convenience stores and more – to share best practices, gain insights and, most importantly, network with other information security professionals.
The Summit allows for the opportunity to meet with other information security professionals to build that trust. The agenda addresses the key challenges and issues of strategic retail leaders and tactical practitioners. More information about the R-CISC annual cybersecurity summit, Oct 3-4 in Chicago, is available here: http://summit.r-cisc.org/.
For more information about NCSAM, the Champion program and how to participate in a wide variety of activities, visit staysafeonline.org/ncsam. Also, follow and use the official NCSAM hashtag #CyberAwareon Twitter throughout the month.
About the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC)
The R-CISC, which houses the Retail ISAC, is the trusted cybersecurity community for retailers, consumer products, grocers, hotels, gaming, restaurants, and cybersecurity industry partners worldwide. The R-CISC supports its member base, representing over $1 Trillion in annual revenue, by serving as the conduit for collaboration, threat and best practice sharing, and cooperation. Through building and sustaining valuable programs, partnerships, products and opportunities, the R-CISC enables its members to grow their trust-based relationships, strategic knowledge and tactical capabilities. For more information on R-CISC membership and benefits visit us at our home page https://r-cisc.org.
About National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Now in its 14th year, NCSAM is designed to engage and educate public- and private-sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity in order to increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. Since the Presidential proclamation establishing NCSAM in 2004, NCSAM has been formally recognized by Congress, federal, state and local governments and leaders from industry and academia. This united effort is necessary to maintain a cyberspace that is safer and more resilient and remains a source of tremendous opportunity and growth for years to come. For more information, visit staysafeonline.org/ncsam or dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month.
About The National Cyber Security Alliance
The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is the nation’s leading nonprofit, public-private partnership promoting cybersecurity and privacy education and awareness. NCSA works with a broad array of stakeholders in government, industry and civil society. NCSA’s primary partners are the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and NCSA’s Board of Directors, which includes representatives from ADP; Aetna; AT&T Services Inc.; Bank of America; Barclays; Blackberry Corporation; CDK Global, LLC; Cisco; Comcast; ESET North America; Google; Facebook; LifeLock, Inc.; Logical Operations; NXP Semiconductors; RSA, the Security Division of EMC; Symantec Corporation; Intel Corporation; MasterCard; Microsoft Corporation; PayPal; Raytheon; PKWARE; Salesforce; SANS Institute; TeleSign; and Visa. For more information on NCSA, please visit staysafeonline.org/about-us/overview. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.
About STOP. THINK. CONNECT.
STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ is the global online safety awareness campaign to help all digital citizens stay safer and more secure online. The message was created by an unprecedented coalition of private companies, nonprofits and government organizations with leadership provided by NCSA and the APWG. The campaign was launched in October of 2010 by the STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ Messaging Convention in partnership with the U.S. government, including the White House. NCSA, in partnership with the APWG, continues to lead the campaign. DHS leads the federal engagement in the campaign. Learn how to get involved by following STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ on Facebook and Twitter and visitingstopthinkconnect.org.