Security Awareness

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The Department of Information Technology staff for the City of Venice are vigilant in protecting the information of its staff and customers.  City staff are routinely reminded of and tested in their ability to identify phishing scams, vishing scams, physical security issues, and other forms of social engineering scams.

One of the best methods to protect yourself from having your information compromised is to create a strong password and to not share that password.  The National Institute of Standards and Technology, in publication 800-63B, now recommends that people create password phrases.  Password phrases are short sentences that are used for authentication instead of the traditional 6, 8, or 12 character password.

A number of agencies exist, at the state and federal levels, who provide cybersecurity awareness resources.  Some of them are listed below.  All of the links below will take you to websites not managed by City of Venice staff.

 

Securing your Home Network:

https://staysafeonline.org

 

United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT):

www.us-cert.gov

 

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST):

www.nist.gov

 

InfraGard:

www.infragard.org