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Time for Digital Spring Cleaning!

For many of us, spring is the time for clearing out unwanted items, moving the furniture to do a deep clean, and preparing our yards and gardens for new plantings. The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) want you to consider adding a digital spring clean to your list as well.

“Plan to conduct a digital de-clutter in addition to sprucing up your home this spring,” said Michael Kaiser, NCSA’s executive director. “Take care of that long, overdue digital maintenance and you will be more secure against losing valuable, personal information and being a victim of identity theft while making your online life more manageable. With some smart, simple practices, you will help protect yourself, your family and the extended digital community while enjoying the Internet with greater confidence.”

For tips about digital spring cleaning, visit StaySafeOnline. If recycling or disposal of electronics is on your to-do list, visit the Montana Department of Environmental Quality for information on collection events, proper disposal, and more.



Social Media Smart Cards

Are you one of the millions using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Google+? If so, the "smart cards" created by the Department of Homeland Security can help you to configure your accounts to protect your privacy and keep them more secure. Visit our Security Training Resource page for links to the DHS Smart Cards and other great materials.


Welcome Joe Frohlich

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The Information Systems Security Office welcomes Joe Frohlich to the position of Enterprise Security Manager in the Enterprise Security Program (ESP). Joe previously worked for Ravalli County in the Bitterroot Valley as IT Director. He grew up in Turah, just outside Missoula, and earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Montana. He is a Certified Information Security Systems Professional (CISSP). Joe and his wife, Margaret, have three children, Elise, age 3, Lily, age 2, and James, 6 months. Joe enjoys spending time with his family, winter skiing, summer hiking, and watching college sports, particularly basketball and football (Go Griz!). The family also enjoys exploring national parks and spending time at Flathead Lake up in Glacier country. Glad to have you on our team, Joe!




The Helena Independent Record reported that Montana Attorney General Tim Fox is warning citizens to be on the lookout for scammers impersonating the Internal Revenue  Service (IRS). Scams may come via phone calls or email. The IRS will not call and demand payment over the phone, nor will they contact citizens by email. When in doubt, contact the IRS Taxpayer Assistance Office at 800-829-1040. For more information on this and other scams, visit the Department of Justice Office of Consumer Protection website or contact them directly at 800-481-6896 or 406-444-4500.

Read more on the Helena IR.



James Zito Becomes Certified Forensic Examiner

Congratulations to James Zito, Security Operations Supervisor in the Information Security Bureau, who passed the Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) Certified Forensic Examiner (GCFE) examination Feb 11. The GCFE certifies that the candidates have the knowledge, skills, and ability to conduct incident investigations including e-Discovery, forensic analysis and reporting, evidence acquisition, browser forensics, and tracing user and application activities on Windows systems.




Congratulations to Michael Barbere, Security Analyst in the Information Security Bureau, who recently passed the Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) Critical Controls Certification (GCCC). This certification provides a prioritized, risk-based approach to security and ensures that candidates have the knowledge and skills to implement and execute Critical Security Controls recommended by the Council on Cybersecurity, as well as perform audits based ont he standard. Michael is the 68th analyst to have passed the exam.




February 10, 2015 is Safer Internet Day (SID). There are activities all over the world to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile devices, especially among children and young people across the world. Let's create a better internet together. If you are uncomfortable clicking on links, search for "safer internet day US" to find the websites that provice information about Safer Internet Day 2015 and how you can be involved and better informed.



Data Privacy Day logoData Privacy Day January 28th

January 28th of each year is Data Privacy Day.  Why should you care about data privacy? After all, what do you have to hide? Plenty! Your personal data, your financial information, your health care records, or even your vacation plans, if shared, can open you up to identity or physical theft as well as fraud or make you a target for scams. This online presentation explains why privacy matters.

Tips for protecting your privacy:

Your private post may not be as private as you think: Before posting online think about how it might be perceived now and in the future and who might see it. If you wouldn’t want your boss, your mother, or a reporter to read it, don’t post it.

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Congratulations to Lynne Pizzini (project sponsor), Sean Rivera, James Zito, Dana Petersen, and Joel Hardamon from the Information Security Bureau who joined with Kyle Kaufman, Layne Cope, Dave Johnson, Miranda Keaster, Shawn Beckman, Alex Ostberg, Matt Simpson, Michele Burchett and Anne Kane on the multifactor authentication project. These employees received a special award for "Collaboration and Data Protection" for their successful implementation of multifactor authentication in 2014. The project has increased security within SITSD, DOA and the Department of Revenue. Multifactor authentication is also available for other agencies. If interested, please contact your SITSD Customer Relations Manager.




Promotes Awareness, Tests Knowledge

Thank you to all SITSD employees that participated in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month events during October. Those participating learned about identifying phishing, how to create strong passwords, and the need to keep a clean desk. Thirty lucky people won gifts cards to Starbucks, Amazon, or Dairy Queen. Congratulations to Wes Thompson for winning the grand prize, an ASUS Transformer Book.




It's up to each of us to take responsibility for staying safe online. Simple things like strong passwords, updated software, anti-malware solutions, and paying attention to what you do and share online all make a big difference to your security. The Center for Internet Security has kicked off a new campaign to encourage the practice of good Cyber Hygiene. Take the pledge to do your part today!



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