Counties collaborate on security awareness training

Minnesota County Information Technology Leadership Association (MNCITLA) is providing cyber security training to county employees on the importance of security in the workplace. The training is being held in conjunction with “National Cyber Security Awareness Month” in October.

“MNCITLA is pleased to collaborate with member counties to provide a major security awareness training project,” said MNCITLA Chair Mike Disher of Morrison County. “While saving taxpayers money, the partnership provides a very effective way to train county employees on the importance of security in the workplace and at home.”

Internet users and information infrastructure face an increasing threat of malicious cyber-attacks. “As society becomes more dependent on mobile devices, online services and Cloud-based technology, we need to ensure that our information is secure. Training sessions will equip county employees with the information necessary to recognize threats and secure county data from attacks,” said Disher.

More than 30 counties, including Morrison, are participating in this collaborative training effort, with some assistance from the state of Minnesota MN.IT Services. This collaboration saves more than $80,000 on what would have been spent if each county had provided its own training.

Since 2005, MNCITLA has supported Minnesota county IT leaders through information sharing and technology collaborations. In addition, as a unified voice for 56 out of 87 counties in Minnesota, the non-profit organization is able to serve as a point of contact with the state of Minnesota and other public sector organizations regarding county IT matters.