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What Does National Cyber Security Awareness Month Mean To You?

by dballard on October 30, 2009

So what is it you would like to see as a result of National Cyber Security Awareness Month?

Enjoying The Internet Safely?

National, that’s a good idea, lets involve every State. Unfortunately, I have lived long enough to see how events are sensationalized and then peter out for the next big awareness newsworthy event, whether we want it or not, which then becomes the next flavor of the month.

Cyber… I like that word. It’s such a universal word. Think of any word, now mix it up with Cyber and presto you have got yourself a new concept. Cyber is“far-out”.

So far, we have announced that every State should be aware for next 31 days about Security. Security is not a new word, we all have a good feeling of what security means to each of us. You like feeling secure? So, what would it feel like knowing you were not secure, how would that feel?

What would make a child feel… insecure in their home? What about abusive behavior acted out towards them? What would make the mother feel insecure in her home? The aggressive behavior of an individual trying to break in to harm her or her child, would certainly make her feel insecure?

How about adolescents and/or teens that are faced everyday at school by aggressive behavior from his or her peers. I would imagine these kids would feel insecure. What would allow them to feel secure? How about behavioral modification of the aggressive teens.

I realize that we deal with many new technologies and they are fascinating and I am one of their biggest fans. The Internet is not some obscure place in space. It is a unique tool and an integrated part of our everyday lives. Just as the automobile was unique when it first appeared, today it is common, even with its advanced technologies.

The Only Road Rage Back Then - Was Not Seeing The Pot Hole

Interesting though, I find it hard to imagine “road rage” as an exhibited behavior of the early drivers. I feel the excitement of those early drivers similar to the excitement of the early users of the first home computers. There was no concern for security issues, especially not from nefarious individuals purposely out to cause harm. However, inappropriate behavior behind the wheel or behind the keyboard is a systematic problem in both venues.

Whether you were one of the first to master the technology of operating a vehicle driving cross-country or one of the first to command the keyboard and surf the Internet – the rules of civility apply to both technologies. There are so many of the common sense golden rules that should be carried into the Digital Age but seem to be overlooked. What happened to etiquette and good manners?

Do not end up becoming technophobic or another digital immigrant because change frightens you and you end up with your head in the sand. Too many parents are ignoring the digital age out of a false fear of the unknown and permitting their children to go it alone thinking the schools or some other institution will provide children the technical skills to protect themselves. You have missed the point, children are just that – children. It is not more technology to keep them safe, it is behavior modification. It is the wisdom and learning that comes with life, and that is what contributes to the digital divide. Parents need to be the adults and build that bridge by making the effort to cross over and become more tech savvy, so they can meet their children to share that wisdom and civility.

It is time to join “Cyber” with “Security” and presto “Cyber Security” and my question is what should we be focusing on, cyber security, or the behavioral change of those on the Internet?

We the common people are the majority and the backbone of the Internet. So, instead of being reactive chasing the cybercriminals, organized crime, predators, pedophiles, who are consistently a step-and-a-half ahead of us, why not be proactive starting with our children and empower them and the majority with what is considered proper behavior; civility. Things like courteous, ethics, being kind, and understanding what it means to be a “Responsible CyberCitizen” and anonymity is not permission to be uncivil.

Good behavior coupled with good security technology, as we develop Responsible CyberCitizens, will not only allow for a healthy Internet, but a healthy community.

Every State should have a community of Responsible CyberCitizens advocating acceptable behavior and standards for our children to follow.

The CyberHood Watch partners, Dave & Bill, hope to contribute to this way of thinking: “Enjoying The Internet Safely”.

david c ballard

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