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DC Government Employees Not Yet Offered CybersecurityTraining

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WASHINGTON (AP) Leaders from across the District of Columbia municipal government gathered last April for a summit on cybersecurity, where they agreed in writing on the need to improve computer safety training for its workers. Yet nearly a year later, no organized, across-the-board training is offered for employees even though electronic data theft from governments is on the rise. Information technology experts see training as a vital component of cybersecurity and D.C. officials acknowledge their own employees should be better educated on computer 3/8/13 use, especially as governments face increasingly sophisticated cyber-threats and as

The federal government has identified cybersecurity as a critical priority, unveiling new efforts to fight the theft of trade secrets and discourage intellectual property theft. In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama urged Congress to pass legislation to help protect computer networks from attack and warned that American enemies are exploring ways to sabotage the power grid, financial institutions and air traffic control system. Companies including Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Apple have been recently hacked, as have financial services companies that maintain credit card account information.

D.C. Homeland Security Director Chris Geldart said D.C. was studying other jurisdictions best practices, acknowledging, We need to improve on this. Paul Quander, the deputy mayor for public safety, said he believes some employees have received some type of training and that notices and alerts about cybersecurity are distributed on occasion within the government. But he said hes not convinced training is the most efficient safeguard, in part because of employee turnover, and that hed prefer a system-wide approach that lessens the chance of an employee error opening the door to a 3/8/13