Tomorrow October 4th, the National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will kick off the National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2016 in Seattle, WA. NCSAM 2016 will also be the sixth anniversary of STOP. THINK. CONNECT., a global online safety campaign which provides actionable advices to encourage people to be safer online. Microsoft, which recently shared the first of a short series of research studies about online safety published a blog post today to express its support for the campaign. Microsoft Chief Online Safety Officer Jacqueline Beauchere explained:
That campaign now spans the U.S. and has made significant inroads overseas. In fact, more than 460 companies, nonprofits and government entities use the campaign to raise awareness of online safety and security by sharing helpful tips and guidance. Reminders include: keep a clean machine; when in doubt, throw suspicious emails out; and be a good digital citizen. Research shows 46 percent of teens and 28 percent of parents recognize at least one piece of STOP. THINK. CONNECT. advice – laudable progress over a relatively short period.
As Microsoft provides today many popular online services such as Bing, Outlook.com and Skype, the company takes online safety very seriously. For those unaware, Microsoft’s services provide today various abuse-reporting mechanisms that customers can use to report inappropriate content or hate speech. However, Beauchere added that “when it comes to online interactions, there’s no replacement for strong communications among parents, caregivers, teens and children.” To help parents better understand how their kids use technology, the company also provides online resources to “start those critical conversations and to begin building those trust bridges,” explained Beauchere. All these resources are currently available on microsoft.com/saferonline.