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Cyber Security

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month which is an annual campaign to raise awareness about cybersecurity. We live in a world that is more connected than ever before. The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone's daily life, whether we realize it or not. National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives to raise awareness about cybersecurity, provide them with tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increase the resiliency of the Nation in the event of a cyber incident.

For the month of October 2016 we will be focusing on the following topics each week:


Passwords are one of the primary ways we prove who we are. It is how you access your email, bank online, purchase goods and access devices such as your laptop or smartphone. In many ways, passwords are the keys to your kingdom. As a result, if someone has your password, they can steal your identity, transfer your money or access all of your personal information. Strong passwords are essential to protecting your identity and information. The following attachments provide some guidance and help with creating and protecting passwords.

Identity Theft

Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information and uses it without your permission. It is a serious crime that can wreak havoc with your finances, credit history, and reputation – and it can take time, money, and patience to resolve. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, prepared this guide to help you repair the damage that identity theft can cause, and reduce the risk of identity theft happening to you.

If you suspect that someone has stolen your identity, acting quickly is the best way to limit the damage. Setting things straight involves some work. The guide has tips, worksheets, blank forms, and sample letters to guide you through the recovery process. It covers:

  • what identity theft victims must do immediately

  • what problems may crop up

  • how you can reduce your risk of identity theft

The Virginia Attorney General's Computer Crimes section and Victim Notification program are dedicated to empowering Virginians to protect themselves from identity crime and financial crimes, and works with Virginians who find themselves victims to this increasingly common crime. The office publishes the How to Avoid Identity Theft and A Guide for Victims.​

Chief Information Security Officer


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