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National Cyber Security Awareness Month - October 2015

Pratum is proud to announce that we are official Champions of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2015. Celebrated every October, NCSAM was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure everyone has the resources needed to stay safer and more secure online. As an official Champion, Pratum recognizes its commitment to cybersecurity and online safety.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month resources and brochures
Brochures and Handouts for NCSAM 2015

On September 18, 2015, I attended the National Cyber Security Awareness Month on the Hill event hosted by the National Cyber Security Alliance and Congressman Michael Burgess (TX) in Washington D.C. The event was filled with distinguished speakers such as Katherine McCarron, Attorney in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, Federal Trade Commission and Kristina Dorville, Branch Chief, Cyber Education & Awareness, National Protection and Programs, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. These presenters covered a number of topics, shared valuable insight into the importance of NCSAM and provided a plethora of printed and digital resources that we will be sharing at out NCSAM events.

Pratum's 2015 NCSAM Events

Attending this event was a great way to get excited about next month’s activities. Pratum is partnering with our local library - Kirkendall Public Library in Ankeny, IA - to provide cybersecurity awareness events for the public. Our sessions will include interactive presentations along with take-home resources for all attendees. There will be three separate events: one for 6th & 7th grade students, another for 8th – 12th grade students and an extensive session for adults. Our NCSAM events will be held at the library on October 19, 2015. If you are interested in helping with these events, contact Pratum via email.

Event Schedule - October 19, 2015

Internet Safety & Security Tips for Adults

Focus: Email Phishing, Online Banking and Identity Theft

Age: 18 years +
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Live
Location: Kirkendall Public Library Ankeny, IA

Social Media & Online Security for Students

Focus: Social Media (Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), Limiting Access, GPS and the Truth about Deleting Items Online

Age: 6th & 7th Graders
Time: 4:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Live
Location: Kirkendall Public Library Ankeny, IA

Social Media & Online Security for Students

Focus: Social Media (Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), Limiting Access, GPS, Truths about Deleting Items Online and Cyber Security Career Opportunities

Age: 8th Graders - 12th Graders
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. | Live
Location: Kirkendall Public Library Ankeny, IA
NCSAM Champion

For more information about National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the NCSAM Champions program, and how to participate in NCSAM activities, visit http://www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam. You can also follow and use the hashtag #cyberaware on Twitter throughout the month.


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