Champlain College Pledges to Support National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2018 as a Champion

BURLINGTON, Vt. - October 4, 2018 - Champlain College today announced that it has become a Champion of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2018. It will be joining a growing global effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations and individuals to promote the awareness of online safety and privacy. 

A multi-layered and far-reaching campaign held annually in October, NCSAM was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure all digital citizens have the resources needed to stay safer and more secure online while also protecting their personal information. As an official Champion, Champlain College recognizes its commitment to cybersecurity, online safety and privacy.

"At Champlain, we have long recognized the importance of cybersecurity, as demonstrated by our nationally recognized Cybersecurity degree programs (both campus-based and online) and our renowned Leahy Center for Digital Investigation," said Donald J. Laackman, President of Champlain College. "Cybersecurity, and the complex challenges it presents, require collaboration across sectors, so we are pleased to join with NCSAM to help individuals understand why and how to maintain their own online privacy as well as showcase the potential for career opportunities in this growing, in-demand field."

Co-founded and led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), NCSAM has grown exponentially since its inception, reaching individuals and families, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, government entities, the military, educational institutions and young people nationally and internationally. NCSAM 2017 was an unprecedented success, generating 4,316 news stories-an increase of 68 percent in comparison to NCSAM 2016's media coverage. Kicking off its 15th year, NCSAM 2018 presents an unparalleled opportunity to leverage the month's tremendous adoption growth over the last several years and expand cybersecurity and privacy education and awareness globally.

"The Champion program continues to be a such a strong foundation for National Cyber Security Awareness Month's ongoing and impactful success. In 2017, 1,050 organizations enlisted to support the month-a 21-percent increase from the previous year," said Russ Schrader, NCSA's executive director. "We are thankful to our 2018 Champion organizations for their support and commitment to our shared responsibility of promoting cybersecurity, online safety awareness and the opportunity to protect our privacy."

As part of Champlain's NCSAM efforts, the College will use social media to offer up practical cybersecurity tips and tricks from the institution's cybersecurity experts that individuals can implement in their own homes and workplaces to increase their own online safety. They will also release information on the cybersecurity field for those who are interested in pursuing a cybersecurity education and career to learn more about what it entails.  

For more information about NCSAM 2018, the Champion program and how to participate in a wide variety of activities, visit staysafeonline.org/ncsam. You can also follow and use the official NCSAM hashtag #CyberAware on social media throughout the month.

About Champlain College

Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. Champlain is named a "Most Innovative School" (for the fourth year in a row) and ranked among the top 100 Regional Universities in the North by U.S. News and World Report. We were also featured as "One of the Best Undergraduate Teaching Programs" and as a "Best Value School.". Champlain is featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain, and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit: www.champlain.edu.

About National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

NCSAM is designed to engage and educate public- and private-sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity in order to increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. Since the Presidential proclamation establishing NCSAM in 2004, the initiative has been formally recognized by Congress, federal, state and local governments and leaders from industry and academia. This united effort is necessary to maintain a cyberspace that is safer and more resilient and remains a source of tremendous opportunity and growth for years to come. For more information, visit staysafeonline.org/ncsam or dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month.

About NCSA

NCSA is the nation's leading nonprofit, public-private partnership promoting cybersecurity and privacy education and awareness. NCSA works with a broad array of stakeholders in government, industry and civil society. NCSA's primary partners are DHS and NCSA's Board of Directors, which includes representatives from ADP; Aetna; AT&T Services Inc.; Bank of America; CDK Global, LLC; Cisco; Comcast Corporation; ESET North America; Facebook; Google; Intel Corporation; Logical Operations; Marriott International; Mastercard; Microsoft Corporation; Mimecast; NXP Semiconductors; Raytheon; RSA, the Security Division of EMC; Salesforce; Symantec Corporation; TeleSign; Visa and Wells Fargo. NCSA's core efforts include National Cyber Security Awareness Month (October); Data Privacy Day (Jan. 28); STOP. THINK. CONNECTTM; and CyberSecure My BusinessTM, which offers webinars, web resources and workshops to help businesses be resistant to and resilient from cyberattacks. For more information on NCSA, please visit staysafeonline.org/about.  

About STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

STOP. THINK. CONNECT.TM is the global online safety awareness campaign to help all digital citizens stay safer and more secure online. The message was created by an unprecedented coalition of private companies, nonprofits and government organizations with leadership provided by NCSA and the APWG. The campaign was launched in October of 2010 by the STOP. THINK. CONNECT.TM Messaging Convention in partnership with the U.S. government, including the White House. NCSA, in partnership with the APWG, continues to lead the campaign. DHS leads the federal engagement in the campaign. Learn how to get involved by following STOP. THINK. CONNECT.TM on Facebook and Twitter and visiting stopthinkconnect.org.