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County Council focuses on cyber security

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Proclamation promotes awareness in the month of October

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The Metropolitan King County Council today proclaimed October as Cyber Security Awareness Month in King County and urged citizens to take steps to protect their electronic records.

The proclamation is in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance declaration of October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month. This is the 10th Anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

“I’m very proud that King County has been recognized as a leader in Internet Technology,” said Councilmember Kathy Lambert, who serves on the Cyber Security Task Force for the National Association of Counties. “As stewards of a large amount of public records, it’s very appropriate that King County is also leading the way in assuring the security of our digital data.”

In addition to internal cyber security efforts, King County is promoting the national “Stop.Think.Connect.” campaign with tips to help businesses, organizations and individuals to keep their online data safe and secure. The campaign offers simple tips for using strong passwords and privacy settings online, and advice such as not opening e-mail attachments or links from suspicious sources.


PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, King County recognizes the vital role that information technology plays in the lives of its employees and residents; and

WHEREAS, critical infrastructure sectors are increasingly reliant on information systems to support financial services, telecommunications, transportation, utilities, health care, and emergency response systems; and

WHEREAS, internet users and our information infrastructure face an increasing threat of malicious cyber attacks and significant financial and personal privacy losses due to identity theft and fraud; and

WHEREAS, that National Association of Counties has established Cyber Security Awareness as a principal focus and encourages county governments to enhance their cyber security efforts and encourage citizens to adopt secure online practices; and

WHEREAS, the “Stop.Think.Connect.” campaign is a national public-private coalition of businesses, nonprofits, and government organizations helping all citizens stay safer and more secure online; and

WHEREAS, maintaining the security of cyberspace is a shared responsibility in which each of us has a critical role, and awareness of computer security essentials will improve the security of King County’s information infrastructure and economy; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance have declared October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month;

NOW, THEREFORE, we, the Metropolitan King County Council, hereby proclaim the month of October 2013 as

CYBER SECURITY AWARENESS MONTH

in King County and encourage all employees and citizens to learn about cyber security and put that knowledge into practice in their homes, schools, workplaces, and businesses.

DATED this twenty-first day of October, 2013.


More information is available at:
www.stopthinkconnect.org
www.staysafeonline.org
www.kingcounty.gov/operations/it.aspx
Contact the Council
Main phone:
206-477-1000
TTY/TDD:
206-296-1024
Fax:
206-296-0198