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Statement from Councilman Daniel Valenzuela on Annual Campaign to Raise Awareness About Cybersecurity and “Fall Cybersecurity Summit"Statement from Councilman Daniel Valenzuela on Annual Campaign to Raise Awareness About Cybersecurity and “Fall Cybersecurity Summit"<div class="ExternalClass50A4AFD8D9294004A68C6CFFBCA6153C"><p>​"October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month</p><p>National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives to raise awareness about cybersecurity, provide them with tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increase the resiliency of the Nation in the event of a cyber incident.</p><p>We live in a world that is more connected than ever before and where the internet touches almost all aspects of everyone's daily life.  Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility that affects large corporations, governments, the non-profit community, our personal lives, and small businesses. We each have to do our part to keep the Internet safe. When we all take simple steps to be safer online, it makes using the Internet a more secure experience for everyone.</p><p>In collaboration with the city of Phoenix Information Technology Services Department, the Phoenix Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will be hosting a free "Fall Cybersecurity Summit" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 at Phoenix City Hall.</p><p>Broadband and information technology are powerful tools for small businesses to reach new markets and increase sales and productivity. However, cybersecurity threats are real and businesses must implement the best tools and tactics to protect themselves, their customers, and their data.</p><ul><ul><li>85 percent of small businesses think their companies are cyber-secure, but</li></ul></ul><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><ul style="list-style-type:circle;"><li>Barely half of these businesses actually have a cybersecurity strategy or plan in place, and </li><li>Nearly 80 percent say they lack a written internet security policy. </li></ul></ul><p>Parking for the "Fall Cybersecurity Summit" is available at: 305 W. Washington St. for $4/hr. or take Valley Metro Light Rail! Reserve your space now: <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-cybersecurity-fall-summit-tickets-582432070">https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-cybersecurity-fall-summit-tickets-582432070</a>."</p><p>More information: <a href="mailto:emergency.management@phoenix.gov">emergency.management@phoenix.gov</a></p></div>9/22/2017 9:00:00 PMNick Valenzuela602-495-5405