Richland County employees are brushing up on the latest protocols for keeping sensitive information safe and secure.
The Information Technology (IT) department is spotlighting the importance of cybersecurity throughout October, which the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has named “Cyber Security Awareness Month.” To mark the national campaign, IT is holding a cybersecurity event for County employees to test their knowledge of protecting private data and learn the dos and don’ts of sharing information.
The IT department is also making available to employees a compilation of cybersecurity resources, such as how to identify and report hackers and virus-infected emails.
“As public servants, our duty is to provide exceptional customer service and part of that is protecting the information that is entrusted to us,” said IT Training Coordinator Emily Ley.
During a special presentation, IT personnel will discuss with employees how cyber criminals exploit Internet users, especially those using social media sites, to gain access to private information to include details about a person’s workplace.
Earlier this month, Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson, District 2, presented Ley with a proclamation that recognizes the IT department’s mission to provide top-level cybersecurity training and ensure residents that their private information is handled by employees with the utmost discretion and responsibility every day.