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Cybersecurity Special Report 2022: Keeping an independent eye on government IT security

January 27, 2022

The State Auditor’s Office plays a unique role in keeping an independent eye on government IT security. We work with state and local governments to help improve their cybersecurity programs through audits and outreach activities. We’ve created a special report giving a short overview of our work and findings in the area of cybersecurity. It offers legislators, the public and government leaders information they need to help ensure our state’s critical IT systems and data remain protected.

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Keep software current to reduce cybersecurity risk

October 26, 2021

If you’re a smaller government without your own full-time information technology staff, you might find it challenging to stay on top of IT-related maintenance. Larger entities have entire departments dedicated to maintaining computer infrastructure, while you may be working with a part-time contractor or even volunteers to meet your IT needs. And that’s okay, but remember: having the latest security software, web browser and operating system on your devices is an important defense against cyberattacks.

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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.