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Maricopa County unveils new cyber-security website

Maricopa County unveils new cyber-security website;
Offers strategies to prevent hackers, attacks

Maricopa County has decided to refashion its cyber-security website to help local citizens, employees and businesses protect themselves against the increasing volume and sophistication of electronic attacks.

Today, with the designation of October as Cyber Security Awareness Month, the county launched an improved website,, aimed at increasing public awareness and resources to combat incidents, including hacking, scams, ransom attempts and other attacks.

“Just as we plan for emergencies like floods, epidemics and natural disasters, counties must be able to prepare and manage cyber attacks,” Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox commented. Wilcox, who is a member of the cyber security committee of the National Association of Counties (NACo), said the website is designed to alert residents of the dangers and to educate them how to avoid trouble.

“We want this website to be constantly evolving and improving, just as the threats change over time. Our new website pulls together some great information, videos, instructional tools and helpful hints and makes them more accessible to many people,” Wilcox said. “ I’m very proud of what our Office of Enterprise Technology has put together.”

The new website is an upgrade to the current county cyber security website and part of NACo’s national initiative on cyber security, according to David Stevens, chief information officer for the county.

Wilcox said the attacks come not only from politically-motivated hackers, but from sophisticated criminals who steal personal and financial data and stay under the radar until organizations and individuals suffer great losses. “When I learn more about these emerging crimes, I make my personal passwords stronger and stronger,” Wilcox said. “This is serious business and we have to take the threats very seriously.”

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