International Day for the Protection of Information (30/11)

In 1988, the American Computer Hardware Association declared November 30 as International Information Protection Day ( Computer Security Day ). The purpose of the Day, which is also known as Computer Security Day, is to remind users of the need to protect their computers and all the information stored in them.

By proclaiming the Day, the Association intended to remind everyone of the need to protect computer information, as well as to draw the attention of manufacturers and users of equipment and software to security problems.

1988 was not by chance the year that became the founder of the holiday, it was in this year that the first mass epidemic of the network « worm » was recorded, named after its creator — Morris. It was then that the experts thought about the need for an integrated approach to ensuring information security. Although the prototype of the first computer virus appeared already in 1983.

Since then, on this day, at the initiative of the Association of Computer Equipment, international conferences on the protection of information have been held, accompanied by a host of interesting and useful events.

In particular, the amount of damage received by unprotected equipment is reported. For example, the damage from the computer virus « I love you », launched in 2000, amounted to only a billion dollars in North America.

Every year, the Day is held under a certain motto, which is placed on posters and other printed products manufactured for the holiday. Over the course of several years, the main idea of all the events held was the reminder that each user must personally respond, provide and support the protection of information assets and resources.

In this context, information protection implies:

— installation of antivirus programs, — installation of firewalls ( Firewall ), — use of hard to determine passwords, — social engineering, — physical protection of information resources and assets and other measures.