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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2017

October 4, 2017

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) – celebrated every October – was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.

Join Michael Kaiser, Executive Director of the National Cyber Security Alliance, and Princess Young, Program Lead, National Cyber Security Awareness Programs of the Office of Cybersecurity & Communications for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for a deeper dive into NCSAM. Learn why securing the internet is our shared global responsibility and how you can get involved. Michael will be discussing weekly themes, free collateral, events, the NCSAM Champion program, STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ partnership and more.


Thomas Duffy

Tom-Duffy-CIS-MS-ISAC-VPThomas Duffy is Senior Vice President of Operations and Services at CIS. He is responsible for managing all aspects of the CIS Security Operations activities, which are the focal point for cyber threat prevention, protection, response,
and recovery for the nation’s state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments. He provides leadership in developing program, organizational, and financial strategies. He also manages the operation of the CIS 24-hour cybersecurity watch and warning operations center, which provides real-time network monitoring, early cyber threat warnings and advisories, vulnerability identification and mitigation, and incident response. He works closely with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including its National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), as well as with SLTT officials across the country. Prior to joining CIS, Mr. Duffy served as Deputy Director of the New York State Office of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Coordination (CSCIC). In this role, he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Office, which included coordinating the State’s cybersecurity strategies and policy development, monitoring the State’s networks, researching threats, vulnerabilities, and exploits, and issuing cyber alert advisories to the governmental and private sector entities in New York.


Michael Kaiser

michael kaiser

Michael Kaiser joined the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) in 2008. As NCSA’s chief executive, Mr. Kaiser engages diverse constituencies—business, government and other nonprofit organizations—in NCSA’s broad public education and outreach efforts to promote a safer, more secure and more trusted Internet. Mr. Kaiser leads NCSA in several major awareness initiatives, including National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) each October, Data Privacy Day (Jan. 28) and STOP. THINK. CONNECT., the global online safety awareness, and education campaign. NCSA builds efforts through public-private partnerships that address cybersecurity and privacy issues for a wide array of target audiences, including individuals, families and the education and business communities. In 2009, Mr. Kaiser was named one of SC Magazine’s information security luminaries.

Prior to joining NCSA, Mr. Kaiser spent 25 years in the field of victim’s services and rights at holding senior staff positions at the National Center for Victims of Crime in Washington, DC, and Safe Horizon in New York City.

Mr. Kaiser has developed training and other programs on the use of technology in crimes such as stalking and identity theft and worked on programs exploring the use of technology to improve community policing. Along with his wife, Laura Fisher Kaiser, he co-authored The Official eBay Guide to Buying, Selling, and Collecting Just About Anything (Simon and Shuster, 1999). He was one of a small group of eBay University instructors and has personally trained more than 8,000 eBay users on expanding their eBay businesses.

Mr. Kaiser has served on several nonprofit boards. He is currently the chair and a founding board member of SPINUSA, a national nonprofit based in Massachusetts, and has served on the Board of Trustees of the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, and New Destiny Housing Corporation in New York City.

You can follow Michael on Twitter at @MKaiserNCSA.

Princess Young

Princess Young

Princess Young is currently the Lead Management and Program Analyst for National Awareness Programs in the Cybersecurity Education and Awareness (CE&A) branch of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s office of Cybersecurity Communications (CS&C).  CE&A strives to promote and advance cybersecurity awareness, outreach, education, training, and workforce development throughout public and private sectors.

In her role, Ms. Young manages and coordinates National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), with year-round planning efforts and annual execution each October at the federal and national levels. She also directs strategic communications and direction for the DHS Stop.Think.Connect.TM Campaign, a national cybersecurity awareness campaign that aims to teach safer online practices to all Americans. With over 400 partners and growing, this program works to engage multiple stakeholders – government agencies and offices, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and individuals – into a collaborative national cybersecurity awareness effort throughout the year.

Ms. Young holds an Honors Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Management and a Master of Business Administration degree in Information Assurance from Idaho State University. While at ISU, she served as Editor-in-Chief of her collegiate newspaper and was an Information Assurance Analyst at ISU’s National Information Assurance Training & Education Center. Ms. Young is also a CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service alumna.