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October 18, 2013

RE:  October is Cyber Security Month

Dear Mayor:

October is National Cyber Security Month. If your municipality maintains and uses computers that are connected to the Internet, there are things about cyber security your fellow elected officials, staff, and the public should know. 

The League recently established a technology management relationship with NJ-GMIS; the New Jersey’s organization of government technology leaders.  NJ-GMIS has provided us with the following guidance.

From organizations that only have email to those that manage their own network and Internet connections, attention to security requires ongoing attention and affects all employees that use computer resources.  The principles also apply when employees use computers at home.  With that in mind, consider implementing the following in your organization:

  1. Provide your employees a primer about cyber security.  Download and forward to all your users this “Getting Started” pamphlet: http://msisac.cisecurity.org/resources/toolkit/oct13/documents/Getting_Started_Print.pdf   

  2. To take another step, give your employees the PowerPoint quiz at this link.  Employees can take to test their cyber security knowledge.  While it’s targeted to students, it’s also useful for adults.  And parents can use it with their kids.  http://staysafeonline.org/ncsam/resources/stop-think-connect-online-safety-quiz.

  3. And since it’s not too late, take formal, public action to recognize the importance of Cyber Security Month.  This link is to a template proclamation/resolution you can adapt to your needs: http://msisac.cisecurity.org/resources/toolkit/oct13/documents/2013LOCALGovernmentProclamationTemplate.pdf.  And feel free to post any of this information on your website or Facebook page, if you have one.

  4. If your municipality has its own connection to Internet, whoever manages your technology (employee or contractor) should consider joining the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC).  MS-ISAC is a federally funded research center that provides advice and guidance on cyber security risks.  Many of the resources in this guidance comes from MS-ISAC.  This link will give you instructions on how to file application to join the organization at no cost: http://msisac.cisecurity.org/members/local-government/.

NJ-GMIS members are supporting the League with technology sessions at our Annual Conference next month.  And if you have questions about your technology, NJ-GMIS now serves as the League’s technology management support organization; you can contact them with questions at njgmis@njgmis.org.

Finally, if your organization maintains its own computer network, consider joining NJ-GMIS.  It’s the organization for the people that manage local government information technology systems. More information is available at www.njgmis.org.

We hope you find this information helpful.

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel
Executive Director

 

 

 

 

 

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