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Computer Security, the White House and the Ad Council

One of the biggest challenges in computer security is educating people about threats, risks, the consequences of compromises and what can be done to prevent compromise. Many organizations have formal training programs and many individuals make the effort to educate themselves, but I bet there are far more organizations and individuals that are in the dark about the most basic security measures to reduce their risk of compromise. So who is making a concerted effort to educate the masses about computer security?

If the White House is really serious about changing the state of computer security in the United States, it needs to realize that it can’t just implement security measures from the top down and expect the situation to improve. Computer security starts with each individual that uses a computer and until everyone is properly educated, user action and inaction will continue to undermine efforts at every level.

Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaigns created by the Ad Council play an important role in educating Americans about important national issues. Historic Campaigns include forest fire prevention, crime prevention, drunk driving prevention and safety belt education. These campaigns were very effective in raising awareness and affecting positive change.

Someone in the White House needs to give the Ad Council a call and start a dialog to create a computer security education campaign. The sooner, the better.

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