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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

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According to a National Cyber Security Awareness Month Study more Seattle residents are concerned about becoming a victim of Internet Crime over Physical Crime!

SEATTLE, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) joins Attorney General Rob McKenna in announcing that they will host today an education day on Internet safety and security. The day’s events, to be held at the Seattle Public Library (1000 Fourth Avenue) starting at 10 a.m. PT, are part of a multi-city, localized effort to promote October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). The event is sponsored by Microsoft Corp., in partnership with Seattle’s local government, the Federal Trade Commission, One Economy Corporation, and the NCSA.

According to an NCSA study of Seattle residents, 22 percent, compared to the national average of 17 percent, know of a person who has been a victim of . Today’s event will provide Internet users with educational presentations that feature and recommended security steps that they can follow to help them secure their PCs and information from online identity thieves.

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“We chose Seattle as a stop on our NCSAM tour because it is a young city with a high population of citizens ranging from 18 to 39 — the age group most commonly falling victim to identity theft as reported by the Federal Trade Commission,” said Ron Teixeira, executive director, NCSA. “It’s imperative that we localize the important messages of our national campaign to empower individuals, increase awareness about online safety and security risks at the micro level and affect grassroots change that we hope will lead to a much larger shift in thinking.”

A national campaign, National Cyber Security Awareness Month is focused on educating the American public, businesses, schools and government agencies on ways to ensure a safer online experience, thus contributing to a safer Internet ecosystem overall.

“I challenge everyone in Washington to observe National Cyber Security Awareness Month this October, by following the proper steps to stay safe online — for their own protection and for the protection of our nation’s critical infrastructure,” said McKenna, who discusses cyber security with businesses and individuals as part of his 14-city Guard it! Washington identity theft prevention tour. “I make sure to keep my anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall software updated on a regular basis to help protect my online identity and to make sure hackers aren’t using my computer to attack others. I commend the National Cyber Security Alliance, Microsoft and the One Economy Corporation for their work to educate people about this important national safety issue.”

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