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Tragedies Bring Scams
The recent Boston Marathon bombings and Texas fertilizer plant explosion have spawned a rash of scams. Learn more.
"Who Stole My Privacy?" New Presentation Posted
Learn what privacy is and why you should care about it. Then review a series of scenarios and guess who stole the individuals' privacy. Click here to see the presentation.
City of Phoenix Wins "Best of the Web"
The Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), a collaborative organization whose mission is to improve the overall cyber security posture of state, local, territorial and tribal governments, conducts an annual Best of the Web contest to recognize one state/territory and one local government for the use of their website to promote cyber security. The award is based on several criteria, including cyber security content, usability, accessibility, and appearance. On September 25, 2012, the MS-ISAC announced the City of Phoenix as the local government recipient of the award. Woo Hoo!
About this Site
The city's Information Security & Privacy Office (ISPO) works to protect the city’s information systems and the information itself, such as information you may provide to the city.
We developed this site to help you protect your family, identity, privacy, computers, and business from the many emerging threats in today’s computerized world.
ISPO invites you to explore this site. Our goal is to provide not only information about security and privacy best practices, but also:
- Clarity. We promise to talk to you only in English — not technicalese.
- Explanations. Nobody likes to be dictated to, although in our role we sometimes have strong opinions and suggestions. Whenever possible, we’ll explain the “why,” like why you should use anti-virus software.
- Balance. There’s no such thing as perfect security. You have to balance the risks with the security countermeasures. But it’s important for you to first understand the risks before blindly engaging in risky behaviors and practices.
- FUD-Free. We promise not to “sensationalize” security or spread fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD). Security Theater doesn’t work. That’s the term for security countermeasures that provide the look of improved security while doing little or nothing to actually improve security.
This information is provided as a courtesy by City of Phoenix. However, this information is intended as an introduction only, and it is up to you to make sure you take the proper steps to secure your home PC, mobile devices, and/or business. The City of Phoenix is not responsible for computers not owned by the City and cannot answer specific questions about them, nor does the City of Phoenix recommend or endorse any specific vendors, products, or services.