PIONEER OBSERVES CYBER SECURITY AWARENESS MONTH

KINGFISHER, OK – Pioneer Telephone Cooperative today announced that it has become a Champion of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2017. Pioneer will be joining a growing global effect among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations and individuals to promote online safety awareness.

Recognized every October, NCSAM was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure all digital citizens have the resources needed to stay safer and more secure online while also protecting their personal information. As an official Champion, Pioneer recognizes its commitment to cybersecurity, online safety and privacy.

“In today’s world of nearly constant breach notifications, online safety is an important topic to keep on everyone’s mind year-round.” According to Chad Kliewer, Pioneer’s Information Security Officer, “Pioneer is excited to promote National Cyber Security Awareness Month as part of our ongoing commitment to provide a safe and secure online experience for our members and customers.”

Coordinated and led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), NCSAM has grown exponentially since its inception, reaching consumers, small-and medium-sized businesses,
corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation and internationally. NCSAM 2016 was an unprecedented success, generating more than 2,260 unique news stories-an increase of 30 percent from NCSAM 2015’s media coverage. Kicking off NCSAM’s 14th year, this October presents a new opportunity to expand cybersecurity and privacy education and awareness globally.
“The Champion program is a vital part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month’s ongoing success. 870 organizations joined last year, a 24-percent increase from the year before,” said Michael Kaiser, NCSA’s executive director. “We are thankful to our 2017 Champion organizations for their support and commitment to our shared responsibility of promoting cybersecurity and online safety awareness.”

As part of Pioneer’s NCSAM efforts, plans are underway to offer a cyber safety program (including cyber-bullying), for schools within Pioneer’s service area. Pioneer will notify schools within the coming weeks, to give schools the opportunity to participate.

For more information about NCSAM, the Champion program and how to participate in a wide variety of activities, visit staysafeonline.org/ncsam. You can also follow and use the official NCSAM hashtag #CyberAware on Twitter throughout the month.