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CHIPS Articles: Cybersecurity Reminders for Government Personnel

Cybersecurity Reminders for Government Personnel
By Department of Homeland Security - October 14, 2015
As a government employee, you likely have access to sensitive information whether you realize it or not. Whether you’re dealing with sensitive information or seemingly less-important documents, criminals can utilize this information to their advantage. It is important to safeguard the information you work with to protect yourself and your organization.

Did You Know?

-- The number of reported cyber incidents involving federal and state, local, tribal, and territorial government agencies increased by 26 percent between 2012 and 2013, from approximately 158,000 incidents to 218,000 incidents, according to the “Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Report to Congress: Federal Information Security Management Act.” (Washington, DC: Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President of the United States, March 2014.)

-- In fiscal year 2013, more than 69 percent of incidents reported to the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) were phishing attempts.

Simple Tips

-- Lock and password protect all personal and agency-owned devices including smartphones, laptops, and tablets. This includes locking your computer when you step away from your desk at work. You may not always know the people walking around your office and what their intentions are. Encrypt data and use two-factor authentication where possible.

-- Regularly scan your computer for viruses and spyware and keep your software up to date.

-- Dispose of sensitive information properly and according to your organization’s policies.

-- Do not provide personal information or information about your organization, including its structure or networks, unless you are certain of a person’s authority to have the information.

-- Take advantage of cybersecurity training offered by your department or agency.

-- Conceal your work badge and identification when outside of your office building, especially when out in public or when using public transportation.

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