Contact: Rachel Boison
Assistant Director of Public Relations
Alpha Omicron Pi Partners with Department of Homeland Security and STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Campaign for Cyber Security Education
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (October 26, 2015) -- Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity has teamed up with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to join the STOP.THINK.CONNECT. campaign’s National Network, a group pledging to advocate and promote cybersecurity within their organizations. As part of the National Network, AOII and DHS are developing cybersecurity resources specifically for members and chapters that will be accessible within Fulfilling the Promise, AOII’s online education and resource hub. AOII will also engage with and promote activities from the STOP.THINK.CONNECT. campaign, the global cybersecurity awareness campaign created to help all digital citizens stay safer and more secure online.
The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) developed and continue to lead STOP.THINK.CONNECT. in collaboration with DHS and a range of private companies, non-profits, and other organizations that advocate for Internet safety as a shared responsibility at home, in the workplace, and throughout their communities. The campaign was launched in October 2010; since its inception, October has been identified as National Cyber Security Awareness Month during which STOP.THINK.CONNECT. encourages schools, businesses, and other organizations to hold special events for cybersecurity education and engage in social media campaigns that spread the message further.
For students whose academic, social, and personal lives include extensive use of the Internet, cybersecurity practices and awareness are crucial to maintaining a responsible online identity. Only 42 percent of teens and young adults say they are confident that the information seen by the public about them online is information they choose to be visible, and 31 percent of all identity theft complaints are filed by young adults. More statistics and information affecting students can be found in the STOP.THINK.CONNECT. resource guide.
AOII’s participation will kick-off this month and continue throughout the remainder of the 2015-2016 academic year. The goal of this initiative is to empower members with a wealth of knowledge that can be shared among their student peers to prevent breaches of personal information, protect digital devices, and enable good web citizenship including online communication and social media activity. For ongoing coverage of this topic, connect with AOII online on Facebook and Twitter, and visit the AOII website for a list of external resources.
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About Alpha Omicron Pi
Alpha Omicron Pi was founded in 1897 at Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City. AOII has over 166,000 initiated members and 206 installed collegiate chapters in its history, with 161 active alumnae chapters across the United States and Canada. Alpha Omicron Pi is an international women’s fraternity promoting friendship for a lifetime, inspiring academic excellence and lifelong learning, and developing leadership skills through service to the Fraternity and community. To learn more about Alpha Omicron Pi, visit AOII online on Facebook, Twitter, and throughout our website at www.alphaomicronpi.org.