Cyber Tours Program

About Cyber Tours

Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility that all Americans must adopt in their communities in order to keep the nation secure in the 21st Century.

In an increasingly interconnected world, homeland security is truly hometown security when it comes to Americans’ safety online.

Unlike other threats currently facing the country, cyber attacks on individual citizens can have instant, wide ranging consequences for the nation’s broader national and economic security interests.

In an effort to encourage communities to embrace a more sustained, proactive approach towards online safety, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Campaign established Cyber Tours, which will serve as the primary regional outreach platform for the Campaign’s awareness efforts in 2011-2012.

The Cyber Tours directly engage communities in promoting awareness and dialogue about the dangers Americans face online.

Through a week-long series of events and forums, Cyber Tours bring together federal, state and local entities, industry, academia, nonprofits, and individual citizens to emphasize the impact Internet safety has on all segments of a community.

In addition to the aforementioned groups, Cyber Tours events also target key community demographics, including but not limited to kids, teens, college students, educators, parents, young professionals, and older Americans.

The Cyber Tours serve as an impetus for sustained engagement and dialogue on cybersecurity issues between diverse community stakeholders, all of whom would benefit from a collective, hands-on approach to online safety.

By engaging entire communities in cybersecurity awareness activities, Cyber Tours promote the larger DHS mission to arm citizens with resources and tools needed to protect themselves, their families and the nation against growing online threats.

To achieve the goal of raising cybersecurity awareness at the regional level, Cyber Tours focus on certain key objectives, including:

  • Encouraging the American public to acknowledge and commit to the shared responsibility of securing cyberspace
  • Ensuring community stakeholder groups are aware of DHS cyber support/resources
  • Establishing and strengthening relationships and information sharing with state and local government, industry and school systems/educators
  • Taking a local level approach to reach community residents with STOP. THINK. CONNECT. messages
  • Promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to increase and strengthen the nation’s cyber workforce.

How To Get Involved

The Cyber Tours’ effectiveness depends on the willingness of community partners and stakeholders to actively participate in the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Campaign’s awareness efforts. 
The Campaign encourages organizations as well as individuals in selected communities to take leadership roles in the planning and implementation of Cyber Tours activities. Suggested ways to get involved include but are not limited to:

  • Working with DHS to host a Cyber Tours event at your organization
  • Inviting DHS to attend and discuss cybersecurity at one of your organization’s existing events or meetings
  • Publicizing Cyber Tours events and activities within your organization and community
  • Encouraging your friends, family and coworkers to attend and participate in scheduled Cyber Tours events
  • Collaborating with local public, private or nonprofit entities to advance DHS and STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Campaign cyber tips and messages during and after Cyber Tours

Cyber Tours Schedule 

 Previous Cyber Tours:

  • Atlanta, GA: August 20-23, 2012
  • Minneapolis, MN: April 16-19, 2012
  • Miami, FL: January 23-26, 2012
  • Boston, MA: November 14-17, 2011

For more information on how to get involved in the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Campaign’s Cyber Tour Program, please contact the Campaign directly at stopthinkconnect@dhs.gov