City of Lower Merion, PA

09/22/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/22/2019 06:50

Lower Merion Joins Federal ‘Cyber Awareness Coalition’

Lower Merion Township has joined the Department of Homeland Security's National Cybersecurity Awareness Program-among the first municipalities in Pennsylvania to do so.

The program is called 'STOP. THINK. CONNECT.' The coalition serves as an outlet for federal, state and local governments to promote awareness about cyber threats and educate others about safe online practices. The program is only open to state and local governments, along with nonprofit agencies. There is no cost to the Township to join the coalition.

'Cybercrime has severe and far-reaching repercussions, which can shut off power, disrupt banks, scramble emergency calls, stall transportation, or lock down commercial facilities,' the DHS said in a statement. 'Federal agencies and state, local, tribal and territorial governments must educate their employees and constituents to identify and deter unprecedented and rapidly escalating online dangers.'

Benefits and advantages of membership include monthly discussions with more than 500 partner organization about current cyber issues and trends, access to cybersecurity tips, articles and presentations, along with access to DHS tools and subject matter experts. Much of this material will be shared and made available to the public in the near term via a link and postings on the Lower Merion Township web site.

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online. Click here to learn more.

The DHS on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cyber and https://twitter.com/DHSgov.