Proclamation promotes awareness in the month of October
StoryThe 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.
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.
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