County Officials Encourage Citizens to Stop.Think.Connect. During National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Coalville, UT (October 24, 2017) – October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about cybersecurity while increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online. In order to provide public services ranging from public safety and transportation upgrades to environmental stewardship and public health, Summit County must ensure its cyber infrastructure is safe, secure, and resilient.
“We have a number of security measures in place to protect our citizens and anyone, for that matter, who uses a website, an email, or an online payment portal established by Summit County,” said Ron Boyer, Summit County IT Director.
The IT Department at Summit County performs security services on the County’s cyber networks, including implementation of firewalls, Virtual Private Network (VPN) set-up and management, web filtering, Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDP) monitoring, and secure remote access to County sites. They also work with State of Utah Department of Technology Services and Utah Telehealth Network to proactively monitor network traffic and ensure that the County’s sites and its resources, data and application are secure.
Cybersecurity is also a required part of training for all County employees. Each employee is required to complete a cybersecurity training on the anniversary of their hire. This training, which requires the viewing of a training video followed by a short quiz, must be completed before work duties may resume after the anniversary date is met.
“We believe employees can be better equipped to recognize security threats. One of the biggest threats is links on emails that slip through our SPAM filters. A bad link is how an organization would be a victim of a ransomware attack,” said Boyer.
Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility. We each have to do our part to keep the Internet safe. When we all take simple steps to be safer online, it makes using the Internet a more secure experience for everyone. To learn more, visit www.summitcounty.org.
About Summit County:
Located in the northeast corner of Utah along the Wasatch Back, Summit County is home to more than 41,000 residents. Created in 1854, Summit County was named for the summits of the mountains, including 39 of the highest mountain peaks in Utah. Six municipalities make up Summit County, including Coalville, Francis, Henefer, Kamas, Oakley and Park City. The county seat is quiet, scenic Coalville, located on the I-80 corridor. For more information visit www.summitcounty.org.
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