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Tuesday, 29 September 2015 05:17

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Written by  Mike Schmidt
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Ensemble Ventures, LLC and Accinctus, LLC Become National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2015 Champions and Announce The Formation and Launch of a Colorado Springs, CO based HOMELAND Community Responder Venture Development Cluster
September 29, 2015 — Mike Schmidt, the Founder/CEO of Colorado Springs, CO based Ensemble Ventures, LLC and Brian Siravo, Founder/CEO of Accinctus, LLC today jointly announced that Ensemble and Accinctus have become Champions of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2015. Both Ensemble and Accinctus will be joining a growing global effort among colleges and universities, businesses, government agencies, associations, nonprofit organizations and individuals to promote online safety awareness.
Celebrated every October, National Cyber Security Awareness Month was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure everyone has the resources needed to stay safer and more secure online. As official NCSAM Champions, Ensemble and Accinctus recognize and take responsibility for its commitment to cyber security and online safety.  
Launching New HOMELAND Community Responder Venture Development Cluster:
In addition, Ensemble and Accinctus announced they will be working with other Colorado-based small business, aerospace, government and technology organizations, as well as the Colorado Springs Entrepreneurs Group ( to expand the educational activities and awareness about Cyber Security and Homeland Defense and Community Preparedness through the formation of a new HOMELAND Community Responder Venture Development Cluster (HRC/VDC) in Colorado Springs that is designed to create a Grass Roots interconnected collaboration network of participating companies addressing innovative solutions to Cyber Security, Homeland Defense, and Community Preparedness challenges.
Mike Schmidt, the CEO of Ensemble, Ventures stated, “Over the course of the last five years here in Colorado, and specifically here in Colorado Springs, I have seen a number of noble attempts at creating a locally developed Cyber Security and Homeland Defense community collaboration group to educate both consumers and businesses to the threats to the Homeland from cyber attacks, and terrorism, as well as how to effectively prepare for and address business continuity needs in times of emergencies and crises, only to see these efforts falter and sputter. With our new proposed HCR/VDC initiative Ensemble and Accinctus hopes to address these challenges locally with a grassroots response.”
Coordinated and led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Department of Homeland Security, NCSAM has grown exponentially since its inception, reaching consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation and internationally. This year marks the 12th year of NCSAM.
"The Champion Program is a vital part of making National Cyber Security Awareness Month a success each year,” said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance. “We are thankful to our 2015 Champion organizations for their support and commitment to our shared responsibility of promoting cyber security and online safety awareness."
For more information about National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the NCSAM Champions program, and how to participate in NCSAM activities, visit You can also follow and use the hashtag #cyberaware on Twitter throughout the month.

ABout The HOMELAND Community Responders Venture Development Cluster (HCR/VDC)

HCRVennDiagramSMThe HCR/VDC creates a collaborative community-focused environment to address challenges and find solutions within the cyber security, homeland defense, business continuity, and community preparedness areas. These disciplines share many common interests in the goal of protecting our local community, while working with both state, and national agencies, who utilize similar processes, tools, and strategies while addressing very different needs to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made disasters of any size.

The Integrated VDC model includes a focus on four “interconnected clusters” of “Domain” experience and community collaboration that creates a balanced HOMELAND Community Response when they are working together towards common objectives. Each Domain and focus area bringing professionals and participants across multiple disciplines, professions, and organizations together to address local challenges and develop appropriate HOMELAND Community Responses that align with the community members in each area.  For More Information:  HOMELAND Community Responders Information

About Ensemble Ventures, LLC
Ensemble is a 15+ year old Business Development Venture Ventilator based in Colorado Springs assisting seed stage and development oriented companies with strategic business development and product/market positioning tactics, and services. Ensemble helps develop capital formation plans, solicits funding and partnership alliances for clients and company-owned ventures, and develops strategic business models; technology adaptations plans, and go to market strategies for its clients. For info on Ensemble:
About Accinctus, LLC
Accinctus LLC is a Veteran Owned Small Business founded in 2013 providing business continuity planning, assessment, and consulting services to businesses and other organizations of all sizes across the United States. Our mission is to provide professional business continuity expertise and capabilities to help our clients prepare their organization to effectively respond to and recover from disruptions or disasters. For info on Accinctus:
About National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Now in its 12th year, NCSAM is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cyber security in order to increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. Since President Obama’s proclamation establishing NCSAM in 2004, NCSAM has been formally recognized by Congress, federal, state and local governments and leaders from industry and academia. This united effort is necessary to maintain a cyberspace that is safer, more resilient and remains a source of tremendous opportunity and growth for years to come. For more information, visit or
About The National Cyber Security Alliance
The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is the nation's leading nonprofit, public-private partnership promoting digital privacy and the safe and secure use of the Internet. Working with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), private sector sponsors and nonprofit collaborators to promote cybersecurity awareness, NCSA board members include representatives from ADP, AT&T, Bank of America, BlackBerry, Comcast Corporation, EMC Corporation, ESET, Facebook, Google, Intel, Logical Operations, Microsoft, PayPal, PKWARE, Raytheon, Symantec, Verizon and Visa. Through collaboration with the government, corporate, nonprofit and academic sectors, NCSA’s mission is to educate and empower a digital citizenry to use the Internet securely and safely, protect themselves and the technology they use, and protect the digital assets we all share. NCSA leads initiatives for STOP.THINK.CONNECT.TM, a global cybersecurity awareness campaign to help all digital citizens stay safer and more secure online; Data Privacy Day, celebrated annually on January 28 and National Cyber Security Awareness Month, launched every October. For more information on NCSA, please visit
STOP. THINK. CONNECT. is the global cybersecurity awareness campaign to help all digital citizens stay safer and more secure online. The campaign was created by an unprecedented coalition of private companies, non-profits and government organizations with leadership provided by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG). The Department of Homeland Security leads the federal engagement in the campaign. Learn how to get involved at the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Facebook page at, on Twitter at @STOPTHNKCONNECT, and at
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