Image courtesy of Microsoft.

Image courtesy of Microsoft.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month began Wednesday. The campaign is in its 11th year and is coordinated by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The “Stop.Think.Connect.” campaign encourages people to monitor credit scores, cancel unused credit and debit cards, keep security patches and anti-virus software updated, and be aware of fraud and phishing scams.

A number of local companies, including Microsoft and Versium, a Redmond-based data technology company, have joined the effort to keep Internet users safe.

Versium recently launched a Consumer ID Risk Score, which analyzes existing data to reveal the level of risk for identity theft.

“We have been helping organizations get in front of fraudulent activity with our Account Fraud Score,” says Versium CEO Chris Matty in a statement. “Now we can help consumers as well with our new ID Risk Score.”

Microsoft Chief Online Safety Officer Jacqueline Beauchere says that even though there is no cut and dry way to protect identities online, if more groups were working toward cyber security then more consumers would take the risk seriously.

“Consumers would recognize the effort as a legitimate call to action, as opposed to ‘noise’ that needs to be filtered out or ignored altogether,” Beauchere says in a blog post.

She says that when one person or organization is more safe and secure online, everyone benefits.