Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Improve Data Security with No-cost Materials

October 04, 2019

Data compromises and cyber-attacks are real threats for local government operations. To help build awareness among members and their employees about the threats, MCIT encourages observation of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month during October.

A number of no-cost materials are available to assist members in getting the word out and shoring up the organization’s data security efforts.

“Essentials of Data Security for Public Entities” provides strategies for securing the organization’s private data, which is a significant responsibility for members as they are subject to various data security laws. The booklet helps facilitate an organization’s entity-wide approach to creating a strong and resilient data- and cyber-security program. The guide should be shared at multiple levels within your organization, including elected board members, executive directors and administrators, IT professionals, department heads, managers and others as appropriate (e.g., safety committee). Members can download the booklet or order a hard copy at

Quick Takes on Data Security are mini training scripts and employee handouts that address data security threats related to employee behavior, such as how to identify phishing scams, protecting passwords and securing mobile devices. Scripts are meant to be used by supervisors with their teams and can be customized to the team’s particular needs. Members can download Quick Takes at no cost.

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month toolkit and other materials can be downloaded at no cost from the official website at under the About NICCS tab.

Discuss with MCIT Consultant

Members who would like to discuss enterprise risk management for data security should contact their MCIT risk management consultant toll-free at 1.866.547.6516.