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Forty-Two Attorneys General Highlight Importance of Cyber Security During National Cyber Security Aw

October 2, 2006

WASHINGTON, DC ? Forty-two Attorneys General announced today that they will join with several other public and private entities to support National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the third annual awareness campaign sponsored by The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a not-for-profit, public-private partnership focused on increasing online security awareness among home users, small business and the education community. To show their support for National Cyber Security Awareness Month, state Attorneys General signed a declaration of support for the goals and ideals of National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

During the month of October, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) and NCSA are encouraging the public to ?Make Cyber Security a Habit? with the same intent they do turning on their car alarm or locking their front doors. This nationwide campaign is designed to make the public aware of the steps necessary to prevent cyber crime and provide them with the tools and information they need to protect themselves, and their personal information, online.

"Attorneys General across the country are working with state agencies, law enforcement, businesses and educational institutions to develop and implement practices and technologies that will enhance computer security in the United States," NAAG President and Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker said. "It is imperative that we work to increase awareness of computer security and ensure that the proper security practices are in place to protect the public."

?In order to establish a safe environment for Internet users of all ages, the consumer, education and business communities need to make a joint effort to create awareness of the state of the Internet today,? said Ronald Teixeira, executive director, National Cyber Security Alliance. ?We look forward to working with many agencies and associations to educate the public on the reality of cyber security issues and provide them with the tips, tools stay safe online not only in October but throughout the year.?

The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) was founded in 1907 to help Attorneys General fulfill the responsibilities of their office and to assist in the delivery of high quality legal services to the states and territorial jurisdictions. NAAG?s mission is: "To facilitate interaction among Attorneys General as peers. To facilitate the enhanced performance of Attorneys General and their staffs." NAAG fosters an environment of "cooperative leadership," helping Attorneys General respond effectively - individually and collectively - to emerging state and federal issues.

The Association fosters interstate cooperation on legal and law enforcement issues, conducts policy research and analysis of issues, and facilitates communication between the states? chief legal officers and all levels of government. The Association?s members are the Attorneys General of the 50 states and the chief legal officers of the District of Columbia, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico (Secretary of Justice) and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. The U.S. Attorney General is an honorary member.

A not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is recognized by the Department of Homeland Security as the central clearinghouse for cyber security awareness and education for home users, small businesses, and the education community. A public-private partnership, NCSA sponsors include the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Trade Commission, and many private-sector corporations and organizations.

For more information regarding National Cyber Security Awareness Month and online safety tips, please visit: www.staysafeonline.org.

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