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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Cyber Security Awareness Training for Local Government?

An anonymous reader writes: I was recently appointed as a trustee to a small township in Michigan. We're currently exploring options for Cyber Security and Liability Insurance in case of a data breach, but to my knowledge the township does not currently have a robust cyber security awareness program in place for employees, nor do we receive regular security audits. In my view, the township should be pursuing preventative measures such as training and audits in addition to insurance. Although insurance alone would spare us many repurcussions of a data breach, it won't protect the residents of our township from headaches in dealing with the fallout of their sensitive information being compromised. My day job is in software development and I don't often (or ever) deal with end-user security training, so my research into training options geared toward municipalities has been painstaking and slow. We don't have any part or fulltime IT personnel to take this on, and generally just contract out for computer repairs and network maintenance. Can anyone recommend a training program focusing on cyber security awareness for non-technical folks, particularly ones that might be geared toward small municipalities or small organizations that handle a lot of sensitive data? Although I'm sure the Board will support such a measure, I suspect the township employees will be reluctant to take self-guided training, so programs aimed at groups would be best, especially if it was through a company that provided an on-site instructor for a day (we're located in southern Michigan). And any recommendations for a company to come in and audit our security practices at least once a year? Many of the IT security practices I've witnessed here have been horrifying, and I'm sure many other local governments are in the same boat. Thanks in advance for any input.

Comment Re:At some point (Score 1) 261

America isn't THAT big, and most people are never more than an hour or two from a state line unless they're in the middle of TX or something.

Although most people in Michigan do find themselves within just an hour or two of Ohio and Indiana, there are populous areas in Northern Lower Michgian and the UP that are anywhere from 4 to 6 hours from the nearest state line, and many wealthy people who might like to own a Tesla have homes up there. Michigan is entirely peninsulas (except for the islands, of course), and that has a funny way of physically isolating you from other states - maybe not as much as in huge states like Texas, but still.

Now if they could go pick up their shiny new Tesla in Canada, that would be something else....

Comment Re:more guns needed (Score 1) 1134

A practical question for your brother - If he's approaching a scene where there is a gun battle between the hypothetical competent law-abiding citizen and the active shooter bad guy, how does he know which is which?

Well, he has two options then:

1) Let the firefight play out until he knows which party is the original aggressor (ie, the Bad Guy). If one party is victorious in the firefight but then continues to shoot non-combatants, then he knows who the Bad Guys are. However, if the victorious party stops shooting after the firefight, the police order them to the ground and sort out the situation, determining eventually that they're the Good Guys.

2) Shoot everyone with a gun. This is bad news for the legally armed person, but is a known and accepted risk among concealed carriers (source: I am one, and I know many who are; we understand we could be mistaken for bad guys in this kind of situation, and accept that risk if we choose to engage the Bad Guy).

Either situation is a happier outcome for the innocent noncombatants than just hunkering down and dying en masse until the police arrive.

Now, collateral damage is always more of a risk with more combatants, especially with concealed carriers who don't keep up on their tactical training. However, I suspect that the overall damage is still lower than just letting the killer keep shooting at defenseless people, especially since most people tend to either run or take cover when gun fire starts, meaning there won't be too many people in the line of fire for very long except in very crowded places, and so the overall casualties will still be lower.

Comment Re:Thanks, Microsoft (Score 4, Informative) 374

Mint is an Ubuntu fork. And it is wonderful.

+1 to this. I actually switched my wife to Mint with Cinnamon from Mac OS. All the drivers worked without any tweaking. My wife's not technical at all, but had zero issues using the system and finds it very intuitive. She particularly likes the blend of clean aesthetics and great functionality - she's an artist, so I take her approval of the aesthetics quite seriously.

Submission + - Slashdot creates beta site users express theirs dislike (slashdot.org) 4

who_stole_my_kidneys writes: Slashdot started redirecting users in February to its newly revamped webpage and received a huge backlash from users. The majority of comments dislike the new site while some do offer solutions to make it better. The question is will Slashdot force the unwanted change on its users that clearly do not want change?

Submission + - Once Slashdot beta has been foisted upon me, what site should I use instead? 2

somenickname writes: As a long time Slashdot reader, I'm wondering what website to transition to once the beta goes live. The new beta interface seems very well suited to tablets/phones but, it ignores the fact that the user base is, as one would expect, nerds sitting in front of very large LCD monitors and wasting their employers time. It's entirely possible that the browser ID information gathered by the site has indicated that they get far more hits on mobile devices where the new interface is reasonable but, I feel that no one has analyzed the browser ID (and screen resolution) against comments modded +5. I think you will find that most +5 comments are coming from devices (real fucking computers) that the new interface does not support well. Without an interface that invites the kind of users that post +5 comments, Slashdot is just a ho-hum news aggregation site that allows comments. So, my question is, once the beta is the default, where should Slashdot users go to?

Submission + - Slashdot beta sucks 9

An anonymous reader writes: Maybe some of the slashdot team should start listening to its users, most of which hate the new user interface. Thanks for ruining something that wasn't broken.

Submission + - Curiosity Has Breached 'Dingo Gap' Mars Dune's Crest (discovery.com)

astroengine writes: On Tuesday at precisely 12:55 p.m. EST (17:55 UTC), Mars rover Curiosity successfully breached the crest of the dune in “Dingo Gap.” The 1 meter-high dune stands between the rover and a smoother route to the mission’s next science target. The timestamps on the raw imagery suggests the short drive up the sandy slope took around 25 minutes, where it appears to have paused at the dune's apex.

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