Halloween is a good time to talk about safety with your children as well as taking steps to protect them while they are online. October was National Cyber Security Awareness Month and Gov. Sean Parnell proclaimed October as Cyber Security Month for the State of Alaska (http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell/press-room/full-proclamation.html?pr=5554).
Safety measures for children include keeping your computer in an open area, setting rules and warning children of dangers, monitoring computer activity, and keeping lines of communication open between you and your children.
This is also a good time to assess your own computer security and take measures to keep safe online. Three simple steps you can take to prevent unauthorized access to your computer include locking it when you are away from it, disconnecting it when you are not using it, and taking the time to evaluate your security settings. Additionally, you can minimize the impact of an event by backing up your data, and protecting your computer from surges and power outages.
The Department of Homeland Security has information on these safety measures and many more at: www.dhs.gov.
Your state government continues to provide a secure information technology system for employees and others who interact with the state. Recent security measures include providing comprehensive information security policies addressing physical security requirements (locks on doors), protecting personally identifiable information such as social security numbers and combating cyber attacks on the system.
Continued vigilance is key to protecting information from intrusions. Take the time to keep yourself and your family safe and secure online.
Alaska Commissioner of Administration
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