US DHS and NASSP Partnership on CyberSecurity
The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and its programs, the National Association of Student Councils (NASC) and National Honor Society (NHS), have joined the National Network of the US Department of Homeland Security’s “Stop. Think. Connect. Campaign,” forming a partnership that will promote cybersecurity awareness to students and faculty nationwide.
The Campaign will provide NASSP, NASC, and NHS with tools and resources to help raise awareness about online dangers and the importance of cybersecurity among secondary school students and educators. This partnership builds on the organizations’ efforts to highlight curriculum resources available to communities, as well as to promote cyber awareness and educate America’s youth about safer online practices.
“As we adopt innovative electronics and spend more time online, Americans face increased risks to privacy and the security of our transactions,” said Bruce McConnell, deputy under secretary for cybersecurity (acting) at the Department of Homeland Security. “With the help of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Association of Student Councils, and National Honor Society, the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign will reach more Americans about their personal role in addressing cybersecurity risks. Through our joint efforts, we can help people across the country better protect themselves, their families, and their communities online.”
“Connecting online is as natural as breathing for most young people today, and online technologies open them to a world of resources and opportunities,” said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “But the ease of online interactions often masks the potential dangers. We look forward to working with the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign to help students maximize their online safety at the same time they maximize their online opportunities.”
Stop.Think.Connect. is a national public awareness effort among government, industry, and nonprofits designed to guide the nation to a higher level of Internet security by educating and empowering the American public to be more vigilant about practicing safer online habits. The Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Anti-Phishing Working Group lead the Campaign. The Campaign’s National Network is an alliance of nonprofit organizations that advocate and promote cybersecurity awareness within their organizations and to their stakeholders.
For additional information on the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign, visit www.dhs.gov/stopthinkconnect. For information on the National Cyber Security Alliance, visit www.staysafeonline.org.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and all school leaders from across the United States and 36 countries around the world. The association provides research-based professional development and resources, networking, and advocacy to support middle level and high school leaders’ efforts to improve student performance. Reflecting its longstanding commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils. For more information about NASSP, located in Reston, VA, visit www.nassp.org.