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City of Boston launches Cyber Security Awareness and Training program for all city employees

May 26, 2016

The City of Boston's Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) today announced its Cyber Security Awareness and Training program for all City employees. The new program cements Boston's commitment to information security across the City.

"My Administration is focused on using data and technology to improve government operations and quality of life for residents," said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "Investments in cybersecurity are an important part of our strategy to have a government that is both tech-savvy and secure against digital threats."

This program is designed to equip employees with the skills they need to keep Boston's IT systems safe and secure and protect sensitive information in their custody. In addition, the program will teach employees how to protect their personal information online and stay safe when they use the internet outside of work.

"People are the first line of defense against cybersecurity threats," said Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Chief Information Officer of the City of Boston. "Bad password management, unsafe email practices, and unauthorized information sharing can all open the door to an attacker. This program will train Boston's employees with the skills to safely navigate online threats and keep the City and themselves safe."

The self-paced, online training will be accessible  from a computer or mobile device. DoIT will provide support to employees and will track completion. Employees will be required to complete training to maintain full access to City IT systems.

Employees will be expected to complete the Cyber Security Awareness and Training program by July 1st.