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Posted on: October 18, 2023

[ARCHIVED] October is CyberSecurity Awareness Month

Cybersecurity Awareness Month

The City is increasing its Cybersecurity Awareness program by implementing mandatory quarterly training designed to improve and maintain our awareness of best practices in Cybersecurity. This training will help keep you, your data, and the City protected from cybercriminals. 

Here's a link to the Learning Management System (LMS) CyberSecurity Training Session.

Passwords are used to protect our information from unauthorized access. Passwords that consist of a minimum of 15 to 20 random letters are fairly secure. Just don’t base your password on anything that’s easy for someone to learn about you, regardless of how long it is. 

DID YOU KNOW
It can take less than 5 seconds to crack a randomly generated 7-character password (like a password manager would create) that contains upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols? Add one more character and it still takes only 5 minutes to crack an 8-character password. But when you increase that by 5, to 13 characters, the time to crack increases to 15 thousand years. Even if you omit the symbols, a 13-CHARACTER PASSWORD WITH ONLY UPPER AND LOWERCASE LETTERS AND NUMBERS STILL TAKES 332 YEARS TO CRACK. Is your data worth the extra characters for a password that couldn’t be cracked within your great-great-great-great grandchildren’s lifetime?

The following tips should be considered to create strong passwords:

  1. Use Numbers, Letters, and Symbols
    Create a password that uses a combination of words (using uppercase and lowercase letters), numbers, and symbols (special characters) to make a more complex password that is harder to crack.
  2. Create Random Passphrases
    Passphrases of random words offer a fun alternative for creating longer stronger protection for your accounts. However, avoid using strings of common words or well-known phrases. 
  3. Prioritize Password Length
    Shorter passwords/passphrases are easily guessed or cracked. If a website or service does not allow passwords beyond 20 characters or so, mix upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols in a non-predictable way to reduce the risk of them being cracked.
  4. DON'T reuse passwords/passphrases
    When passwords are reused across multiple sites and services such as social media, banking, work-related applications, etc., only one set of leaked credentials can grant access to all your accounts that use the same password/set of credentials.

This year the City is increasing its Cybersecurity Awareness program by implementing mandatory quarterly training designed to improve and maintain our awareness of best practices in Cybersecurity. This training will help keep you, your data, and the City protected from cybercriminals. 

Here's a link to the Learning Management System (LMS) CyberSecurity Training Session.

Enhanced Training Program
Starting in October, every employee who accesses a computer through their City of Murfreesboro employee account will be required to complete a brief, online training program through the Learning Management System (LMS).  This 15-minute training program will cover how to identify scam emails and avoid phishing attempts, along with, understanding what Multifactor Authentication (MFA) Fatigue is and how to avoid falling into this trap. After this first round of training in October, a new cybersecurity training course will be assigned to you every quarter.  Soon you will receive an email alerting you to log into the LMS and complete your assigned cybersecurity training. Please ensure you complete the training by October 31st. Municipalities across America are increasingly under attack by cyber criminals and it requires everyone to be aware of the best practices to keep everyone’s data secure.  

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