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Cyber Citizen Forum Event Background

Stop.Think.Connect.

There are no better outlets for the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign to make an impact on its key target demographic than American colleges and universities. Ensuring that your students – the next generation of American leaders – are cognizant of the cyber threat will help preserve and strengthen American national security in the 21st Century. Cyber Citizen Forums provide a platform to bring together an array of individuals and organizations that could include university students and leaders, high school students, and representatives from the federal government, community-based organizations, and the private sector to promote dialogue and collaboration on cybersecurity issues.

The typical Campaign forum event is approximately one hour long, with 15 minutes dedicated to the National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign (The Campaign) and the rest of the hour dedicated to the specific needs of the community. As the host of the event, your institution’s objectives should include:

  • Organizing and executing the Stop.Think.Connect. forum in collaboration with all federal, state, local and university stakeholders willing to help advance the Campaign’s message
  • Promoting the important role academic institutions play in advancing the nation’s cybersecurity efforts and interests
  • Showcasing all cyber-related work, research and accomplishments of your institution’s academic programs or departments, which includes but is not limited to information technology, computer science, engineering and mathematics
  • Helping the Department of Homeland Security identify action steps and best practices for increasing cybersecurity awareness nationwide

The Campaign welcomes participation from the academic community, including the delivering of remarks on a specific cybersecurity-related topic (for example, current academic research) or general awareness. The Campaign also welcomes student participation in Campaign Forums, such as the presentation a research or community outreach project.

Below is a sample event agenda for your institution’s reference. Adherence to the below format is encouraged, but not required.

:00 University representative delivers opening remarks

:05 DHS staff discuss Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign

:20 Panel discussion or academic presentation or student presentation

:45 Q&A with participants

:60 University representative closes session

For more information on how to host a Stop.Think.Connect. forum, please contact the Campaign at stopthinkconnect@dhs.gov

Last Published Date: July 27, 2012
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