FREE Internet and Computer Sessions in Downtown Phoenix

[Source: Margaret Shalley, City of Phoenix]

The City of Phoenix‘s Information Security and Privacy Office (ISPO) in Information Technology Services will be hosting a free series of brown bag sessions in recognition of 2010 National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), an annual public awareness campaign to encourage everyone to protect their computers and, in turn, our nation’s critical cyber infrastructure.

The sessions will be held noon to 1 p.m. in the assembly rooms at Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St.:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 5 – “Protecting Home PCs.” Debunk common security myths and learn practical ways to protect home computers from threats.  Get tips ranging from how to safeguard a new PC to what must be done before disposing of an old one.
  • Friday, Oct. 15 – “Safer Social Networking and Protecting Your Family.” Find out how to minimize the risks to privacy, reputation and personal safety when using social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • Friday, Oct. 22 – “Password Cracking 101: How to Create a Safer Password.” The better the password, the lower the chance a computer account will be compromised.  Learn how hackers crack passwords and get tips on how to create stronger ones.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 26 – “Safer Home Networking and Using Wireless Technology.” Learn how to set up a home network and wireless devices to guard against hackers and unauthorized users accessing your wireless connection.

NCSAM is sponsored and coordinated by the Department of Homeland Security, the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center.

The ISPO provides strategic oversight, direction and coordination for city of Phoenix information security and privacy programs based on internationally recognized information security governance best practices.

For questions regarding the “lunch and learn” sessions or for more information about the ISPO, send an e-mail to

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