October Declared Cyber Security Awareness Month in Kentucky

Citizens provided with cybercrime resources (The Lane Report)

Citizens provided with cybercrime resources

FRANKFORT, Ky. – (Oct. 13, 2014) –October has been declared as Cyber Security Awareness Month in Kentucky. The proclamation encourages citizens to make sure they take necessary precautions while online and provides resources for them to obtain more information about cybercrimes.

computer“Technology continues to impact our lives in so many different realms,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “For state government, we must meet the need to secure data we gather and share with our citizens, government, business and local agencies across the state.”

The Stop.Think.Connect.TM Campaign, a coalition of private companies, non-profit and government organizations and academic institutions, aims to increase understanding of cyber threats and empower the public to be safer and more secure online.

The Commonwealth Office of Technology is a partner in this nationwide effort. Other partners include the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center and the National Association of State Chief Information Officers.

“Unfortunately cybercrime can hit anytime, anywhere,” said Katrina LeMay, chief information security officer with the Commonwealth Office of Technology, an agency of the Finance and Administration Cabinet. “We continually monitor system integrity and invest in the latest security program technology.”

Training and awareness at all levels of an organization is important. To bolster state government employees’ understanding of cybercrimes and preventions, the Commonwealth Office of Technology has scheduled several seminars and events throughout October.

The proclamation can be found online at http://technology.ky.gov/ciso/Pages/CyberSecurityAwarenessMonth2014.aspx.