Cisco among Winners of National Cybersecurity Awareness Challenge

Department of Homeland Security announces winners

Secretary Napolitano announced the winners of DHS’ National Cybersecurity Awareness Challenge July 14th. This contest called on companies to develop creative ways to enhance awareness of the importance of cybersecurity with the goal of safeguarding America’s computer systems and networks from attacks. The contest, kicked off last march, received over 80 proposals from both public and private entities. Seven were selected as winners, with Cisco being one of those. Cisco won the category "Best Publicity and Marketing" for their innovative Cybersecurity is Everyone’s Responsibility campaign. Here is the quote from DHS:

Cisco Systems’ proposal was selected as the Best Publicity and Marketing plan for their “Cybersecurity is Everyone’s Responsibility” campaign. An overarching theme of the National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign is creating a balance between Internet safety as a personal responsibility and a shared responsibility. The awareness campaign Cisco proposed aligns with this goal by creating an educational cybersecurity portal and a cybersecurity “IQ challenge,” and utilizing print, radio, TV and online advertisements to drive awareness of these programs.
As a result, Cisco's material will be used as part of the annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month campaign in October 2010. Here is a link to some of the content that Cisco created for cybersecurity awareness: www.staysafeonline.org.

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