December 1, 2022

Rehoboth Focuses on Cyber security

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The town of Rehoboth will be joining in the effort to promote cyber security.

Since 2004, the President of the United States and Congress have declared October to be Cyber security Awareness Month, helping individuals protect themselves online as threats to technology and confidential data become more commonplace. The Cyber security and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Cyber security Alliance (NCA) lead a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise cyber security awareness nationally and internationally.

The IT Advisory Committee will be in charge of educating citizens about how to protect themselves online.

“It really just has to do with the actions of individuals, thinking more, putting more protections in place,” said Anna Deignan, chairperson of the IT Advisory Committee.

According to Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA): As Americans become more reliant on modern technology, we also become more vulnerable to cyber attacks such as corporate security breaches, spear phishing, and social media fraud. Complementary cyber security and law enforcement capabilities are critical to safeguarding and securing cyberspace.

Law enforcement performs an essential role in achieving our nation’s cyber security objectives by investigating a wide range of cyber crimes, from theft and fraud to child exploitation, and apprehending and prosecuting those responsible. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) works with other federal agencies to conduct high-impact criminal investigations to disrupt and defeat cyber criminals, prioritize the recruitment and training of technical experts, develop standardized methods, and broadly share cyber response best practices and tools. Criminal investigators and network security experts with deep understanding of the technologies malicious actors are using and the specific vulnerabilities they are targeting work to effectively respond to and investigate cyber incidents.

Deignan noted the IT Committee was seeking volunteers. Anyone who is interested can fill out a talent bank form at Town Hall.

For more information, visit https://www.cisa.gov/cybersecurity-awareness-month.

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