FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 6, 2014
DENVER, Colo.—The numbers are staggering. On average, there are one million victims of cyber-crime across the globe every day, and most of them could have avoided the attack if they were more educated on cyber security. Add to that the annual cost of cybercrime to the world economy, which is estimated to be a whopping $445 billion*.
October’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month is designed to make a dent in those numbers by creating awareness about hackers and their techniques, and letting people know how they can protect themselves. To support that effort, Governor John Hickenlooper has also proclaimed October Cyber Security Awareness month for Colorado (see attached proclamation). The Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) is teaming up with the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, READYColorado, the Colorado Army National Guard and Regis University to sponsor several events geared toward educating the public about cyber security threats.
During the month of October events include:
*Cybercrime cost figure comes from a McAfee study cited in this Washington Post article.
Tauna Lockhart, Chief Communications Officer & PIO