For the past several months, I have represented AT&T on the board of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) — a public- private partnership focused on improving online safety awareness and education for consumers.  To kick off Cybersecurity Awareness month, the NCSA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security co-hosted an event this past Monday in Seattle, where White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt unveiled a new national cybersecurity awareness campaign called Stop. Think. Connect.

Stop. Think. Connect. is designed  to answer President Obama’s  call for the creation of a national public awareness campaign that would achieve for cybersecurity what the “Smokey Bear” campaign did for forest fire prevention.  For more than a year, AT&T, along with other members of the industry, government agencies and non-profit organizations have worked closely to develop uniform, simple easy-to-understand actionable messaging that consumers can employ to protect themselves online.

At AT&T, we are reaffirming our commitment to cybersecurity education with multiple initiatives to communicate the campaign message of Stop. Think. Connect. to our customers, our employees and key stakeholders.  The campaign builds on AT&T’s existing tools that help consumers stay safe online, such as our safety resources website.  Educating our customers and our employees on the importance of cybersecurity is a top priority for us, and we are constantly looking into ways to make staying safe and secure online as easy as possible.

Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility.  So, as the awareness campaign gets underway, we should all remember to STOP and evaluate what it is you’re about to do online, THINK about how your actions might impact your safety, or the safety of your friends and family, and CONNECT with more confidence, knowing that we have all taken steps to safeguard ourselves online.

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