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Cyber Security



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.

US CERT Security Tip (ST04-002) - Choosing and Protecting Passwords.pdf

SANS OUCH-201305_Passwords.pdf 

SANS OUCH-201504_PassPhrases.pdf

US CERT - Password Security, Protection, and Management.pdf





 What is Identity Theft?

How to Avoid Identity Theft and
A Guide for Victims 
From the Virginia Attorney General:
The 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 informational resource. 

What to do if your Identity is Stolen
From the Federal Trade Commission (FTC):
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. This 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
Click on image to view poster 
Contacts: Chief Information Security Officer
Phone:  703-792-7956;   703-792-7179


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