GERS Hosts viNGN Workshops in Honor of Cybersecurity Awareness Month


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In honor of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), the Government Employees’ Retirement System (GERS) invited the Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN, Inc.) to conduct its “Computer-Smart, Cyber-Secure” workshop on Thursday, October 17 and Friday October 18 on St. Croix and St. Thomas, respectively. Sixty-four individuals took part in the sessions, which are just one part of a multi-pronged approach by GERS to strengthen cyber-security knowledge and best practices within the agency.

Instruction included:

  • The main vulnerabilities on computers and devices and how to protect them;
  • How to better secure online accounts with multi-factor authentication;
  • Safeguarding home Wi-Fi networks and internet-connected devices such as surveillance cameras;
  • Checking for email addresses on the Dark Web, and what to do if compromised;
  • What to do to protect mobile phone numbers from being hijacked by cyber-criminals;
  • Recognizing “phishing” attempts to steal identity information or data, and
  • Developing a set of behaviors to mitigate damage caused by data breaches.

GERS Chief Information Technology Officer Terence A. Thomas, MBA coordinated the sessions with viNGN and stressed the critical nature of including the entire staff in digital security strategies: “Cyber-security is a team effort; not just the IT department’s responsibility. Anita Davis and her team provided the perfect way to launch our cyber awareness program. Our staff learned while having fun at the same time.”

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is held every October, as a public/private partnership to boost personal, corporate and governmental against cyber threats, and Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. has proclaimed Cybersecurity Awareness Month to acknowledge the importance of privacy and data protection as we modernize our systems. For more information on digital protection at any time, visit www.staysafeonline.org for tips and took kits. Additional information may be found on viNGN’s Family Internet Safety web page.

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