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Results for: Cybersecurity Awareness Month


Increase your government’s account security with multi-factor authentication

October 6, 2021

Strengthening your government’s guard against the threats that compromised passwords pose is a necessary control for decreasing the risk of unauthorized users gaining access to your computers, network, or database. In this post, we explain how passwords get compromised and how multi-factor authentication (MFA) can help governments improve their account security to better protect their systems.

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A message from State Auditor Pat McCarthy: Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility

September 30, 2021

It can be tempting to think it’s the experts’ job to keep us safe online. We trust our colleagues who are IT professionals and the technology services we use to stay up to date on the latest threats. But all of us, whether or not we are technology experts, have a part to play in cybersecurity. That’s why this year’s theme for October’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month is “Do your part, #BeCyberSmart.”

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It’s 2020 – better #BeCyberSmart

October 1, 2020

It’s that time of year again, when villains, creeps and other dangerous characters are testing the locks and doors in your neighborhood ― virtually. October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a chance to be sure you are doing your part to protect yourself and the value data and systems that keep public services working.

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Cybersecurity advice you can use

October 16, 2019

Published: October 16, 2019

By the Center for Government Innovation

Estimated reading time: 1 minute

As a part of Cybersecurity Awareness month, the Center for Government Innovation at the Office of the Washington State Auditor has put together some important tips and advice for local governments on cybersecurity best practices. This one-page guide is quick and informative, with actionable items anyone who works for local government- from finance to HR, from leadership to IT—can take to reduce cyber risks and #BeCyberSmart.

Are you a finance professional in a local government? #BeCyberSmart.

October 4, 2019

Published: October 4, 2019

Finance matters

Considerations extend beyond budget decisions

As a finance or administrative professional in a local government, you have key responsibilities for managing that government’s resources. In your role, you interact with all aspects of a local government’s operations as you inform budgetary decisions. We’ve created a document with three things you can do right now as a finance professional to #BeCyberSmart. After you read it, make sure to take a look at all the resources we have available on our #BeCyberSmart webpage for local government employees.