Gov. Beshear calls on Kentuckians to protect themselves online

FRANKFORT, KY (FOX19) - In an effort to draw attention to the importance of cyber security and to increase awareness of online threats, Governor Steve Beshear has designated October as "Cyber Security Awareness Month" in Kentucky.

Gov. Beshear says the Internet is a useful tool in several aspects of daily life; however security needs to be a priority in order to be protected from identity theft and cyber attacks.

"Maintaining cyber security is a shared responsibility in which we all play a critical role. Increased awareness will improve the security of Kentucky's information infrastructure," said Gov. Beshear.

Secretary of the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet and interim Chief Information Officer, Lori Flanery, says security awareness is the key to online protection.

"Even the most technology-savvy companies and individuals can fall victim to hacking and identify theft," said Flanery. "That is why it is so important that we promote security awareness, invest wisely in security training and software and remain diligent in our efforts to keep malicious efforts at bay."

Cyber Security Awareness Month is part of a national outreach effort aimed at increasing cyber security led by a coalition of nonprofit agencies, private companies and government organizations, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the National Association of Chief Information Officers and the National Cyber Security Alliance.

Throughout October, The Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT) will host seven free seminars for state employees.  The seminars will feature presentations on security issues from leading experts in both the government and private sector.  For a list of these seminars, click here.