DC officials getting cyber training


In a new campaign called “Lock Down Your Login,” the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) will train House staffers on how to protect their social media and email accounts.

The campaign will include a series of meetings. The NCSA, a public/private partnership, will train elected officials and staff, from the city council level up through the federal government, on preventing leaks stemming from cyber breaches.

The meetings will feature representatives from LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, AT&T, and Google (which funded the grant for the campaign) who have worked with the NCSA before on the same issues for a general audience.

Kristin Judge, the NCSA director of special projects and government relations, said of the grant, “Google said, ‘This time, let’s focus on high profile people, those that have a lot of people coming after their accounts.'”

Judge said the interest in the topic has been overwhelming as politicians are anxious to focus on the problem after high-profile breaches inside and outside the Capitol illustrated the risks of losing control of online accounts.

“We find after any breach, it’s the best time to teach,” said Judge.

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