Cybersecurity Awareness

Governor Kemp issued an executive order on August 13, 2019, announcing mandatory cybersecurity training for all executive branch agencies. The executive order reads:

“The Georgia Technology Authority shall promptly deliver cybersecurity training materials to the Cybersecurity Board, which shall establish the order of coursework and schedule for semiannual cybersecurity training for all Executive Branch agencies. All Executive Branch agencies shall ensure that employees complete at least one form of cybersecurity training within ninety (90) days of this Executive Order. An employee’s failure to comply with this Order shall result in formal disciplinary action, up to and including termination. An employee or his or her supervisor may submit a written request to the Cybersecurity Board for a temporary extension. The Cybersecurity Board may approve such written request, but in no event shall such temporary extension exceed sixty (60) days’ additional time for compliance.”

GTA makes the required cybersecurity awareness training available to agencies via an enterprise training platform.

In addition, GTA is pleased to provide the following links to online resources that can help you enhance your cybersecurity at work and at home.

Under Related Files, you'll find other resources, including tip sheets in PDF format.

Stay safe online

Begin with the basics of online safety, then move on to a range of specific topics. Identity theft, fraud, and cybercrime: Addressing identity theft and fraud, responding to cyberbullying and harassment, reporting cybercrime; Key accounts and devices: Regaining control of hacked accounts, securing your home network, creating secure passwords, using social media, parental controls, protecting mobile devices; Managing your privacy: Tips for raising privacy-savvy kids, privacy tips for teens, privacy tips for older adults; managing your privacy settings.​

Get involved

At home, easy ways to talk with your family and friends about ways to stay safe online. At work, ideas to help engage your colleagues and create a culture of cybersecurity and privacy. At school, help others learn about cybersecurity, online safety, and being a good digital citizen with these lesson plans, classroom materials, and other resources. In the community, things you can do to help your local community be safer and more secure online.

Keep your business safe

These resources can be especially useful for small and medium-sized businesses. Understand which business assets others want. Learn how to protect those assets, how to detect when something has gone wrong, how to react quickly to minimize the impact, and how to implement an action plan. Learn what resources are needed to recover after a breach.

Additional resources for all Internet users

Stop.Think.Connect. Site
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security – through the "Stop.Think.Connect." campaign – offers tips to keep you safe online.

OnGuard Online
The site offers special resources for educators, parents, and kids. Topics include phishing, kids and socializing online, shopping online, understanding mobile apps, tips for using public wi-fi networks, and malware. It's managed by the Federal Trade Commission in partnership with numerous federal agencies.

Federal Trade Commission Identity Theft Site
The site provides detailed information to help you deter, detect, and defend against identity theft.

FBI "Be Crime Smart" Site
The site covers numerous crime-related topics in addition to Internet safety.