The OnGuardOnline.gov website is a partner in the Stop-Think-Connect campaign, led by the DHS, and part of the National
Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
The website is managed by the Federal Trade Commission in partnership with the following
federal agencies: National Cyber Security Division of DHS, Department of Commerce, Department
of Education, Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, Department of State, Commodity Futures
Trading Commission, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, FCC, FDIC, Information Assurance Support Environment,
IRS, NCIS, SEC, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, and USPS Postal Inspection Service.
National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS)
The U.S. government developed NICCS to make cybersecurity information and materials more readily-available.
NICCS is a part of The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) identified above.
NICCS is a national resource to help government, industry, academia, and the general public learn about
cybersecurity awareness, education, careers, and workforce development opportunities. NICCS is to provide
the U.S. with the tools necessary to ensure that its citizens and workforce have better cybersecurity skills.
Cybercorps®: Scholarship For Service (SFS)
A program to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals that protect the U.S.
critical information infrastructure. The SFS is a publicly funded scholarship co-sponsored by the Department of
Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The program provides scholarships in exchange
for years of service after graduating — scholarships that fully fund the typical costs that students pay for books,
tuition, and room and board while attending an approved institution of higher learning. In addition, participants
receive stipends of up to $8,000 for undergraduate and $12,000 for graduate students. Scholarship recipients must
serve in the government in an information assurance position for a period equivalent to the length of the scholarship.
An academic year is equivalent to a calendar year of employment.
Federal Trade Commission
[www.ftc.gov] — A federal commission that is primarily an enforcement
organization, but also has a consumer education mission. Specifically,
it is chartered to enhance informed consumer choice and public understanding of the competitive process.
The Commission works to eliminate acts or practices that are unfair, fraudulent, or deceptive.
The following pages are good examples of FTC educational efforts:
The industry's leading trade publication and monthly resource for news, analysis, insight,
and commentary on the information security marketplace. The magazine is provided
free to qualified subscribers.
MIS Training Institute
A private company that gives Information Security and audit training courses and
certificate programs in major cities across the United States and overseas.
SANS Institute (SANS)
Established in 1989, SANS (SysAdmin, Audit, Network, Security) is a cooperative research
and education organization. It provides training for more than 150,000 security
professionals, auditors, system administrators, and network administrators. SANS
staff includes many security practitioners in corporations, government agencies, and
universities who invest hundreds of hours each year in research and teaching to help the
entire information security community. Most SANS printed publications and educational
programs are sold on a fee basis; however, many SANS resources, such as the following, are free.
The SANS @RISK: The Consensus Security Alert report is delivered by e-mail every
Thursday morning. It focuses on the three to eight vulnerabilities that matter,
tells what damage they do, and provides corrective action data
Certified Staffing Solutions
Founded in 2008, this company provides computer training and staffing of computer instructors.
Its website includes A Comprehensive
Computer Safety & Security Guide. The Guide provides hyperlinks to 60 articles and is organized
into nine categories as follows: computer fraud, online predators, social media, password security,
viruses and worms, spyware and key loggers, phishing and hyjacking, spam, and safe browsing. The 60
articles are located on a wide variety of educational, governmental, and commercial websites.
Website Safety for Kids and Teens
This is a brief two-page introduction to website safety for children and teenagers. But more importantly
are the included hyperlinks to 26 papers from educational and governmental institutions. These papers
provide detail descriptions of the problems (such as cyberbullying, cyberstalking, sexting) as well as potential
solutions and tips for parents.
Internet Safety for Young Students — This is a collection of 8 articles,
presentations, and videos that address the risks faced by teens, preteens, and other young students when they use
the Internet. Also addressed are steps that both the kids and their parents can take to reduce the risks.
An article titled Cyberbullying: The New Online Crime.
A listing of 20 other cyberbullying sources that are listed immediately after the above article.
A menu at the left side of the page that lists 36 interesting articles.
An article titled Internet Security for Children found at the 18th entry in the above menu.
A listing of 43 sources immediately following the above article.
National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC): Cyberbullying
The NCPC was founded in 1982 to be the nation's leader in helping people keep themselves, their families, and their
communities safe from crime. To achieve this, NCPC produces tools that communities can use to learn crime prevention
strategies, engage community members, and coordinate with local agencies. The NCPC website covers over 15 types of
crime, including cyberbullying. Click on this NCPC link to get information and resources to curb the growing
problem of cyberbullying.