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      Minnesota Supports Cyber Security Awareness Month

      Posted on October 19, 2012 at 10:36 AM

      Cyber Security Summit      

      National cyber security experts and technology business leaders gathered Oct. 9 and 10 at the Minneapolis Convention Center for the second annual Cyber Security Summit.

      Earlier this month, Governor Dayton joined governors from across the country when he declared October as Cyber Security Awareness Month to highlight the importance of empowering citizens, businesses, government and schools to improve their cyber security preparedness.

      To help kick off the month, the State of Minnesota took part in the 2012 Cyber Security Summit, which brings together leaders from the government, business, and non-profit sectors to collaborate on improving digital security. The event featured speakers from all over the world sharing their insights on cyber topics – from the industry’s enormous growth potential (it’s expected to increase by nearly 80% over the next few years) to the growing pervasiveness of cyber threats (approximately $3 trillion of innovation lost by cyber-attacks each year).

      The Summit recognized seventh-grade student Alex, and her technology teacher, Terri Preiner, from Transfiguration Catholic School in Oakdale for their participation in the annual Kids Safe Online Poster Contest. Alex’s poster was selected by a national committee to be on a 2013 Cyber Security Calendar for successfully a capturing the message of staying safe online. Teachers like Preiner, who bring attention to this important issue, make a huge difference in the online safety of Minnesota’s youth. Schools can get involved now in the contest for the 2014 calendar, sponsored by MN.IT Services, the state agency that focuses on the effective use of information technology in state government.

      Over the next two weeks, Cyber Security Awareness events will be held in the cafeterias at several state agency buildings from 11:30-1:00. These events, organized by MN.IT Services, are all open to the public.

      · October 23 – Department of Human Services at both their 444 Lafayette and Anderson Building locations

      · October 24 – Pollution Control/Department of Natural Resources – 520 Lafayette Rd.

      · October 26 – Department of Health & Department of Commerce – Town Square Office Building

      · October 30 – MN.IT Services – Centennial Office Building

      In addition, during the month of October, citizens have free access to an online cyber security training tool that utilizes short videos on a variety of topics, from passwords to social engineering.

      Cyber Security Awareness doesn’t end on October 31. In this era of ubiquitous communication, keeping ourselves safe online is always important for government workers, schools, students and citizens alike. The State of Minnesota will continue to do its part.