In a major effort to raise the awareness of information security, this week sees the sixth annual ‘National Cybersecurity Awareness Month'.

In a blog posting on the US government's Homeland Security page, deputy national security advisor and assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, John Brennan claimed that ‘cybersecurity is a national priority and is vital to our economy and the security of our nation'.

Brennan claimed that ‘there is much that we can do to reduce our vulnerability and improve our resilience to cyber attacks', and called on all Americans to recognise their role in improving the nation's cybersecurity.

One of the themes for this year's awareness month is that cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, and Brennan admitted that government, industry and the individual computer user must all play a role in securing our information networks and data.

A public-private partnership in this effort is the National Cybersecurity Alliance, who is using the Stay Safe Online website at to educate about IT security.

Personally I welcome this campaign, like most initiatives it should be appreciated that politicians see the danger in not being secure and instructing users on best practise. Stick with SC Magazine and Security Cats for updates on the US government efforts.