As Wikileaks dumps the apparently hacked emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s account, the Obama administration is observing National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
“This month, we renew our commitment to ensuring our information is more secure, our data is safer, and our families and businesses are more protected than ever before. If we work toward this goal — as individuals and as a Nation — together we can realize our full potential in the digital age,” President Barack Obama issued in a September 30 proclamation, declaring October 2016 to be “National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.”
According to Obama’s proclamation, Americans should use this month “to recognize the importance of cybersecurity and to observe this month with activities, events, and training that will enhance our national security and resilience.”
In his proclamation, Obama called on Americans to raise their cybersecurity awareness though the Department of Homeland Security’s “Stop.Think.Connect” campaign.
“We each have to do our part to keep the Internet safe,” DHS explains on its “Stop.Think.Connect” webpage. “When we all take simple steps to be safer online, it makes using the Internet a more secure experience for everyone.”
Obama also encouraged Americans to visit the National Cyber Security Alliance’s recently launched “www.LockDownYourLogin.com,” which features a catchy song and colorful cartoon to help people remember “your password isn’t secure.”
Ironically, nearly a week after Obama declared the national focus on cybersecurity, Wikileaks dumped its first batch of Podesta emails. To date, the Clinton campaign has neither confirmed nor denied the authenticity of the Wikileaks emails.