An Overview of International Cyber-Security Awareness Raising and Educational Initiatives (2011)

United States – Campaign 4 – OnGuard Online

OnGuardOnline ‘provides tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help [the public] be on guard against Internet fraud, and provide resources to help the public learn how to secure their computers and protect their personal information.’




Campaign Name:

OnGuard Online


OnGuard Online with Federal Trade Commission, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, U.S. Department of Education, Department of Commerce, Homeland Security,

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, U.S. Commodity Future Trading Commission, and a number of other government agencies (a)

Main URL:


Present (unclear when established)


– Unclear; however, receives support from 20 different organizations

Topics covered:

– Overview of safety online

– Financial decisions (i.e. Broadband, shopping online, online investing, VoIP services, online auctions)

– Personal decisions (Health online. Computer disposal)

– Cross – Border Scams

– E-mail scams

– Identity Theft

– Kid’s Privacy

– Laptop Security

– Malware

– P2P Security

– Phishing

– Spyware

– Wireless security

Target Audience:

– Elderly

– Parents

– Adults

– Children


– Videos

– Literature

– Interactive games (such as quizzes to test knowledge of Cyber-Security)

– Asking visitors to spread the word by passing out pamphlets and publishing the link to the organization on volunteers’ web pages


Not found

Additional Information:

The site provides an interactive approach to educating users about Internet security. Through games, videos and other tools, people of all ages can learn how to protect their personal information online. The organization encourages users to disseminate information on Cyber-Security by posting links to OnGuard Online, posting games found on the site to one’s own site, handing out free publications to friends and family, and involving the media.


1. ‘Homepage’ OnGuard Online <> (accessed 28 May 2010)

2. ‘Topics’ OnGaurd Online <> (accessed 28 May 2010)