Durham County Raises Cybersecurity Awareness

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Cybercrime is an ever increasing issue for businesses, organizations, and citizens. According to statista.com, companies in the United States take on over 525 million dollars as an annual loss due to cybercrime. These attacks come in the form of malicious software, denial of service attacks, and data breaches. Durham County recognized the need to inform its citizens, local businesses, and the County’s own employees about cybersecurity and in October 2015 established its first cybersecurity campaign.

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In support of National Cyber Security Month, Durham County held an external event for citizens and local businesses and internal training sessions for County employees.

Hosted on Eventbrite, the external event was a free seminar titled, “Everyone’s a Target: How Cyber Criminals are Targeting You and How to Stop Them”. The keynote speaker was CSO of Lenovo, Jerry Fralick. Mr. Fralick educated the audience by what method modern cybercrimes work and the steps necessary for protection.

Internally, Durham County held four mandatory cybersecurity training days hosted by New Horizons cybersecurity expert, Devon Carter. This training focused on key areas such as phishing, malware, social engineering, hacking, and physical and mobile security. This was the first time Durham County employees had access to cybersecurity training this intense.

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Well received by the community, Durham County’s external event hosted over 100 citizens, some from nonprofits, small businesses, and other public entities. Internally, Durham County was able to train 1,200 employees. Our CIO, Greg Marrow, recorded a special video presentation that is hosted on the County intranet                                                                                                           for future training and reviewing.

As a result, Durham County has been recognized as a National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Champion!

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Chris is an IT professional working almost ten years in local government. His experience is in technical support, audio/visual/network administration, social media and project management.

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