USPS: National Cyber Security Awareness Month to Spotlight Importance of Information Security

cybersafe_1 We now live in a world that is more connected than ever before. The Internet is a part of almost all elements of our daily lives. However, with this increased convenience and connectedness comes a responsibility to stay safe online. Our growing dependence on online communications is also a public concern. The challenges of cyber attacks and hacking demand greater security in our online activity. Acknowledging the importance of cybersecurity to the American public, President Obama has recognized October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Created by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Cyber Security Awareness Month is a month-long effort to promote Americans’ understanding of basic cybersecurity to stay safe online. The CyberSafe at USPS™ website brings National Cyber Security Awareness Month to the Postal Service™, spotlighting important best practices to keep the cyberspace safe and secure.

“We’ve strengthened our security protocols across the network and will continue to make improvements,” said Acting Chief Information Security Officer and Digital Solutions Vice President, Greg Crabb. “However, we also rely on employees to assist us. When you’re online, it’s important to stop and think before you click on links in emails and open attachments or give out personal information.”

The National Cyber Security Awareness Month Campaign centers on the key motto: “Stop. Think. Connect.” The catchphrase reminds the public to consider the security of their online activities before connecting to unknown websites, emails, or users. The campaign encourages us to consider the potential risks involved in our online practices at work and at home.

The CyberSafe at USPS website offers these key tips to enhance cybersecurity:

  • Protect passwords: Use strong and unique passwords for USPS log-ins.
  • Communicate safely online: Embed the #sensitive# encryption device within email subject lines for communications leaving USPS; use WinZip and passwords for internal communications.
  • Safeguard data: Use encryption devices to secure sensitive and sensitive-enhanced information in transit and at rest.
  • Report threats: Report suspicious activity you see at work (e.g., personnel without badges, doors open, suspicious emails, etc.) that could compromise USPS information security to the Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT), either by email at cybersafe@usps.gov or by phone at 866-USPS-CIRT (866-877-7247).

To help the Postal Service community navigate day-to-day security challenges, the CyberSafe at USPS website offers Online Security Tips, including how-to guides on crafting secure passwords, avoiding phishing scams, and maintaining secure emails. Additionally, the website is home to important communications and available training resources to help employees stay informed and connected to the USPS information security effort.

While National Cyber Security Awareness Month brings attention to the issue of information security, the responsibility to stay safe online is shared and continuous. Information security is a priority for us all in our daily lives at work and at home.

— Corporate Information Security Office,
Chief Information Officer, 10-15-15

Source: Cover Story

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