TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Tallahassee Mayor John Marks will declare October 23 National Cyber Security Awareness Day in Tallahassee at Florida State University in Miller Hall starting at 12:30 pm EST. The event will help raise awareness for cyber security and provide students and families with ways they can better protect themselves and their families from a variety of online threats. To honor this day and help students and residents better secure their computers, Symantec will give away free copies of Norton 360, Symantec's all-in-one security solution.* Symantec, Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson, Mayor John Marks, (ISC)2, and NCSA will discuss their efforts to educate the public and provide Internet users with cyber safety and security tips they can use to keep themselves and their families safe online. This event is part of a multi-city, localized effort to promote National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).
At the event the results from a recent survey conducted by the National Cyber Security Alliance will be announced. The study found that identity theft is top of mind for the residents of Tallahassee with 85 percent concerned about becoming a victim. This is not surprising since 22 percent of Tallahassee residents said they either know of someone, or they themselves were a victim of cyber crime last year -- 5 percent of the national average (17 percent). Moreover, a national survey conducted by the National Cyber Security Alliance, released earlier this month, found that 78 percent of Americans lack core protections to keep their computers, information and families safe from cyber criminals.
We chose Tallahassee as a stop on our NCSAM tour because it is a young city with a high population of citizens ranging from 18 to 39, the age group most commonly falling victim to online identity theft as reported by the Federal Trade Commission," said Ron Teixeira, executive director, NCSA. "It is fitting that we are on site at Florida State University to educate college students today, and it is imperative that we localize the important messages of our national campaign to empower individuals, increase awareness about online safety and security risks at the micro level and affect grassroots change that we hope will lead to a much larger shift in
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