October 2013: Cyber Security Month

WHEREAS, we recognize the vital role that technology has in our daily lives and in the future of our Nation, whereby today many citizens, schools, libraries, businesses and other organizations use the Internet for a variety of tasks, including keeping in contact with family and friends, managing personal finances, performing research, enhancing education and conducting business; 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 use of the Internet at the primary and secondary school levels in Michigan enhances the education of youth by providing them access to online educational and research materials; and at institutions of higher education, the use of information technology is integral to teaching and learning, research, outreach and service; and

WHEREAS, Internet users and our information infrastructure face an increasing threat of malicious cyber attack, significant financial and personal privacy losses due to identity theft and fraud; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has established the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications and devoted resources within it solely to support the strengthening and securing of the country’s cyber infrastructure at the state, local, tribal and territorial levels; and

WHEREAS, the Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign  is a national effort coordinated by a coalition of private companies, nonprofits and government organizations to raise awareness about cyber security among all digital citizens, helping them to stay safer and more secure online; and

WHEREAS, the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, a division of the nonprofit Center for Internet Security, provides a collaborative mechanism to help state, local, tribal and territorial governments enhance cyber security; and the Office of Michigan Cyber Security provides a comprehensive approach to help enhance the security of this State of Michigan; and

WHEREAS, maintaining the security of cyberspace is a shared responsibility in which each of us has a critical role, and awareness of computer security essentials will improve the security of the State of Michigan's information infrastructure and economy; and


NOW THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of the State of Michigan, do hereby proclaim the month of October 2013 as Cyber Security Month in the State of Michigan.