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Stop. Think. Connect.

More and more, Americans are adopting new and innovative technologies and spending more of their time online. Our thirst for computers, smartphones, gadgets and Wi-Fi seems to have no limits. At home, at work and at school, our growing dependence on technology, coupled with increasing cyber threats and risks to our privacy, demands greater security in our online world.

The Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign is a national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online. Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility. We each have to do our part to keep the Internet safe. When we all take simple steps to be safer online, it makes using the Internet a more secure experience for everyone.

Get Involved and Informed

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Non-profit organizations can join the National Network
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Federal agencies and SLTT governments can join the Cyber Awareness Coalition
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Engage your community in promoting cybersecurity awareness
Read our blogs and find out about upcoming events.
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Individuals can sign up to become a Friend of the Campaign.
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Learn about the main cyber issues and how you can avoid risks online

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October 2011 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Recognizing the importance of cybersecurity, President Obama designated October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).October 2012 marks the ninth annual NCSAM. Click here for more information.

History of Stop.Think.Connect.

In 2009, President Obama recognized the need to increase education and dialogue about cybersecurity. The President thereby issued the Cyberspace Policy Review, which has become the blueprint from which our nation's cybersecurity foundation will transform into an assured and resilient digital infrastructure for the future. As part of this policy review, the Department of Homeland Security was asked to create an ongoing cybersecurity awareness campaign–Stop.Think.Connect.– to help Americans understand the risks that come with being online. The Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign launched on October 4, 2010, in conjunction with National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Contact the Campaign

To learn more or get involved in the Campaign, please contact us at


Stop: Before you use the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems.


Think: Take a moment to be certain the path ahead is clear. Consider how your actions online could impact your safety, or your family’s.

Connect using computer.

Connect: Enjoy the Internet with greater confidence, knowing you’ve taken the right steps to safeguard yourself and your computer.


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