Cyber Pledge Encourages Online Safety at Florida State

Wednesday 10/09/2013

Seventy three percent of Americans have been victims of Cyber Crime, and in 2012, cyber crime victims in the U.S. lost over $400 million.

These staggering numbers posted on the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center website quantify the ever-present cyber risk that goes hand-in-hand with today’s digitally-connected culture.

This October, Information Technology Services (ITS) at Florida State University is asking faculty, staff and students to make a commitment to online safety by signing a Cyber Security Pledge.

The Cyber Security Pledge campaign aims to educate individuals at Florida State about ways they can take proactive steps to increase their online security and protect themselves from cyber threats. The Pledge is part of a national effort to encourage individuals to use good cyber security practices at home and work and coincides with October’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month activities sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security.

Take the Pledge!

During October, Florida State also will be posting social networking security tips on Facebook and Twitter to encourage safe social environments. Follow Florida State at /floridastate to learn about valuable ways to stay protected online.

Florida State’s Cyber Security Pledge campaign is presented by the newly-formed ITS Office of Information Security and Privacy. The goal of the office is to promote a safe and secure cyber environment at Florida State. Information Security and Privacy Director Mike Russo states, “As we celebrate the tenth anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, I encourage everyone at Florida State University to take advantage of the power of the Internet and the incredible way it has enhanced our ability to communicate and create opportunities for research and learning. I also encourage everyone to act responsibly online and remember that digital postings will likely last forever.”