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Cyberthieves are targeting Ohio’s local governments and tax dollars with growing sophistication. The Auditor of State's Office wants to help public employees fortify their governments to shield themselves from digital threats and fend off cyberattacks.

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Course Description: This class presents an overview of cyber threats, such as phishing, ransomware, and hacked “smart” devices, and suggests practical ways to prevent or prepare for an attack. We show you a video of the Top 5 hackers in 2015 and provide a list of important contacts and resources.

This webinar was created in 2017 by the Ohio Auditor of State’s Public Integrity Assurance Team, now known as the Special Investigations Unit.

Event Date: Dec 21, 2017

Run Time: 1:38:46

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Course Description: More than ever, cyber thieves are targeting Ohio's local governments and tax dollars with great sophistication. Auditor Faber wants to help public employees fortify their governments to shield themselves from digital threats and fend off cyberattacks. With growing cyber threats such as ransomware, social engineering, viruses, and more, it is everyone's responsibility to remain vigilant against increasingly complex attempts to steal government money. Vigilance begins with awareness, which is why the Auditor of State's office offers free Security Awareness Training.
Who Should Take This Class: Anyone! This course is designed to assist anyone making wise decisions when it comes to Internet usage.
FIA Hours: N/A
Course Handouts: Terms to Know.pdf

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Fighting Cybercrime

In 2016, the Auditor's office urged fiscal personnel at local governments across Ohio to be on high alert for cybercrimes targeting tax dollars. The warning was prompted by an increase in reported attacks at several governments, including school districts, counties, and townships.

Many of the attacks were carried out using a practice known as "phishing" – sending email containing a link or an attachment that, when opened, infects computers or entices the recipient to share account information and passwords. Some of the attachments launch viruses that essentially take data hostage until a ransom is paid.

In early 2017, the Auditor's office launched training sessions in eight communities throughout Ohio, geared toward helping government officials prevent and deal with cyber attacks. The response from attendees of these trainings was overwhelmingly positive and there were requests from attendees to offer the training as an on-demand video allowing more people to be trained.