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The Internet impacts our daily life, even when we’re not directly using it. The Internet underlies our educational systems, financial transactions, transportation systems, electrical grid, emergency response systems, and nearly every facet of the essential services we use every day. The final week of NCSAM highlights the need to take every step necessary to protect our critical infrastructure.

No individual, business, or government entity is solely responsible for securing the Internet. Everyone has a role in securing their part of cyberspace, including the devices and networks they use. Individual actions have a collective impact and when we use the Internet safely, we make it more secure for everyone. If each of us does our part implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating the next generation, training one another together we will be a digital society safer and more resistant from attacks and more resilient should one occur.

The final week of NCSAM closes with a simple message everyone using the Internet can adopt: STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Take security and safety precautions, understand the consequences of your actions and behaviors online, and enjoy the benefits of the Internet.

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