National Cyber Security Alliance Expands its Multi-Factor Authentication-Focused Education

By CIOReview | Friday, February 19, 2016

WASHINGTON, WA: The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) has announced expansion of its education efforts to increase public awareness of the individual's role in cybersecurity. The expansion is part of the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. campaign led by NCSA and the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG), with federal government leadership from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The announcement was made soon after President Obama's proclamation to bolster the nation's cybersecurity. In the declaration, the president has highlighted NCSA's STOP. THINK. CONNECT. campaign and the latest commitment by companies and nonprofits to engage in cybersecurity education and awareness. "The National Cyber Security Alliance applauds President Obama's dedication to the importance of cybersecurity awareness and education. We live in a digital age where people, networks and devices are increasingly interconnected, and everyone needs to use the Internet safely and more securely," said Michael Kaiser, Executive Director, NCSA. The STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Campaign provides guidelines to enhance the cybersecurity of the users.

The NCSA has announced a new multi-factor authentication education project with the nation's leading information technology and training companies, Logical Operations, New Horizons and CompTIA, Following a highly successful, Two Steps Ahead event in Rochester, N.Y. in December 2015, these organizations are partnering with NCSA to bring the existing STOP.THINK.CONNECT.  "Get Two Steps Ahead: Protect Your Digital Life" tour to 15 or more cities nationwide this year. As part of the tour, interactive, and in-person sessions will be conducted to deliver critical cybersecurity information directly to local communities. "This collaborative effort reflects our commitment to social responsibility. The most important thing anyone can do to help fight cybercrime is to become more informed on how to better protect yourself. Multi-factor authentication training is an important step towards securing your personal information," said Bill Rosenthal, CEO, Logical Operations and Board Member, NCSA.

The session attendees will be able to learn the importance and application of multi-factor authentication. For example, a one-time code texted to a mobile device using multi-factor authentication, ensures verification of the user to have authorized access to an account.

The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is the nation's leading nonprofit, public-private partnership promoting cybersecurity and privacy education and awareness.