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Fostering a Culture of Cybersecurity at the Bureau of Information and Telecommunications

In a world comprised of technical jargon and complicated concepts, the average person may not always completely understand their important role in cybersecurity. As recent major cyber incidents have shown, cyber criminals often rely on human error – from failing to install software patches to clicking on malicious links to creating easy-to-guess passwords- to gain access to systems and information.

From the top leadership and executive to the newest employee, cybersecurity requires the vigilance of every employee to keep data, customers, and capital safe and secure.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and

BIT is joining with the Department of Homeland Security and its partners across the country to engage individuals all ages and all segments of the community in the shared responsibility to secure cyberspace.

Take these simple actions to protect information at work, at home, and on the go:

· If something does happen, report it to the BIT Help Desk immediately
· Make your passwords complex. Use a combination of numbers, symbols, and letters (uppercase and lowercase)
· Change your passwords regularly (every 45 to 90 days)
· Keep your usernames, passwords, or other computer/ website access codes private and do not share them with anyone
· Only open emails and attachments from people you know
· Do NOT install or connect any personal software or hardware to your organization’s network without permission from the IT department
· Make electronic and physical back-ups or copies of all your important work
· When you work from home, secure your Internet connection by using a firewall, encrypt information, and hide your Wi-Fi network