October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and in a proclamation released, President Obama said all Americans must understand they have a responsibility to secure cyber networks.
"America relies on our digital infrastructure daily, and protecting this strategic asset is a national security priority," Obama said.
The information technology infrastructure reaches into almost every facet of the U.S., he said. While citizens view the Internet as a way to exchange ideas and keep up with friends, it also controls vast networks essential for American prosperity, because computers regulate the energy grid.
Computers also help in billions of transactions on Wall Street and keep track of trillions of dollars in bank transactions worldwide, President Obama said. Computers also regulate the transportation system from enabling safe travel in the air to aiding operation of trains and subways.
National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, themed, "Stop. Think. Connect," highlights the need for protection, the president said, noting this month "provides an opportunity to learn more about the importance of cybersecurity."