This month marks 15 years of observing National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NSCAM) in October.
The program was started way back in 2004, by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance to educate Americans about ways to stay safer and more secure online.
Technology has transformed most aspects of daily life since 2004, when:
- Smartphones didn’t exist (Blackberry’s don’t count).
- Thefacebook.com was born in a Cambridge dorm room.
- Google launched a new product called “gmail” – and went public.
- “Blog” was Merriam-Webster’s word of the year.
- Twitter, YouTube et al. did not exist.
- Netflix was a mail-order, DVD-rental business.
- California was the only state that had enacted a data breach notification law.