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October is national Cyber Security Awareness Month

The National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security launched National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) in October 2004, to remind organizations throughout the United States about the importance of cyber security in our everyday lives.

In the Office of the State Auditor, we prevent serious security breaches every day using vigilance, monitoring, modern technology and multiple safeguards.

The Office of the State Auditor is both aware and highly sensitive to the possibility of even more sophisticated threats from hackersand those who would attempt to compromise the data located on our wvOASIS system. Formed in 2010, wvOASIS now provides all the necessary functions for managing, and budgeting for the State, and since those early days, security has been an integral part of this project.

Over the years, wvOASIS has been upgraded to incorporate the most modern security features which include hardware and software.

We have also implemented multiple procedures to include change management, data encryption, and Virtual Private Networking (VPN) which also provide additional layers of security.

A new infrastructure contract was recently awarded and includes both hardware and software which features additional security such as threat protection, URL filtering, and malware prevention.

While these infrastructure purchases are tangible evidence of our commitment to security, the first line of defense comes directly from the outstanding people in the Auditor’s Office and at wvOASIS who implement and monitor existing systems and upgrades. As we continually update the wvOASIS system, our objective is to maximize the State’s investment in security as new and more effective hardware and software are available.

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