Many aspects of our lives rely on the Internet and computers, including communications (email, cell phones, texting), transportation (traffic control signals, car engine systems, airplane navigation), government (birth/death records, social security, licensing, tax records), finance (bank accounts, loans, electronic paychecks), medicine (equipment, medical records), and education (virtual classrooms, online report cards, research). Consider how much of your personal information is stored either on your own computer or on someone else’s system. How is that data and the systems on which that data resides (or is transmitted) kept secure?
Cyber security involves protecting the information and systems we rely on every day whether at home, work or school.
The Mississippi Office of Homeland Security (MOHS) recognizes how important the Internet is to the citizens of the State of Mississippi and established this website to provide the public with online links and resources to assist with cyber security awareness.
The increasing volume and sophistication of cyber security threats including targeting phishing scams, data theft, and other online vulnerabilities demand that we remain vigilant about securing our systems and information. The average unprotected computer (i.e. does not have proper security controls in place) connected to the Internet can be compromised in moments. Thousands of infected web pages are being discovered every day. Hundreds of millions of records have been involved in data breaches. New attack methods are launched continuously. These are just a few examples of the threats facing us, and they highlight the importance of information security as a necessary approach to protecting data and systems.
MOHS does not endorse specific organizations. The following links are included for your information and convenience.
CYBER SECURITY AWARENESS
- Industrial Control System (ICS)-CERT
- US-CERT publications
- National Governor's Association - Meet the Threat - click on "Resources"
- Federal Dept. of Homeland Security
- ITS Services
REPORTING CYBER CRIME
CYBER ASSESSMENT INFORMATION
- Nat’l Institute of Standards & Training 800-30
- SEARCH.ORG (Assessment Excel Form)
- CSET by ICS-CERT (download software)
- Cyber Resilience review (CRR)
MISSISSIPPI COMPUTER CRIME CONTACT INFORMATION
MS Attorney General
Jackson Office of the FBI
MS Dept. of Public Safety/MS Bureau of Inv.
MS Office of Homeland Security
Neither the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security (MOHS) nor the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (MDPS) are responsible for the content of any off-site web pages that are referenced by, or that reference, the Cyber Security Awareness website. Neither the MOHS nor the MDPS are responsible for any defamatory, offensive, misleading, or illegal conduct of other users, links, or third parties. The risk of injury from the foregoing rests entirely with the user.
Links from the Cyber Security Awareness website to other sites, or from other sites to the MOHS/MDPS home page, do not constitute an endorsement by the MOHS/MDPS. The links are for convenience only. It is the responsibility of the user to evaluate the content and usefulness of information obtained from other sites.
All information provided by the MOHS/MDPS at this website is made available to provide immediate access for the convenience of interested visitors. While the MOHS/MDPS believe the information is reliable, human or mechanical error remains a possibility. Therefore, the MOHS/MDPS do not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, or correct sequencing of information. Neither the MOHS/MDPS, nor any sources of the information shall be responsible for errors or omissions, or for the use of, or results obtained from the use of, the information.
Reference to any specific commercial products, processes, or services by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by MOHS/MDPS.