NASCUS Celebrates National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2014

October 1, 2014 On Wednesday, President Barack Obama proclaimed October 2014 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

The proclamation reads in part, “Cyber threats pose one of the gravest national security dangers the United States faces. They jeopardize our country’s critical infrastructure, endanger our individual liberties, and threaten every American’s way of life. When our Nation’s intellectual property is stolen, it harms our economy, and when a victim experiences online theft, fraud, or abuse, it puts all of us at risk. During National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we continue our work to make our cyberspace more secure, and we redouble our efforts to bring attention to the role we can each play.”

The president encouraged Americans to take action to raise the level of collective cybersecurity.

“Enhancing the security of our Nation’s digital infrastructure is a shared responsibility, and together we can protect our most important information systems,” the proclamation read.

NASCUS, whose job it is to promote the safety and soundness of state-chartered credit unions, is doing its part to bring awareness to a wide range of mission-critical cyber security issues that credit unions and examiners should understand, through the inaugural Credit Union Cyber Security Symposium, scheduled for Nov. 13-14 in Arlington, Va. NASCUS is holding the symposium in partnership with Credit Union National Association (CUNA). Credit union managers, compliance officers, information officers and examiners are being encouraged to attend the event, which is being emceed by IT security firm TrustCC. NCUA and the U.S. Department of the Treasury are just two of the featured speakers.

“Cyber security is increasingly the focus of regulatory attention, and cyber security preparedness is moving from an IT staff issue to a board-level strategic issue,” said NASCUS President and CEO Mary Martha Fortney. “Through the inaugural Credit Union Cyber Security Symposium, we hope to educate regulators and credit unions alike.”


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