Department of Homeland Security chooses online education partner
The Department of Homeland Security recently strengthened its stance on digital threat preparations with the selection of the Online Trust Alliance as the central provider of online security training for government employees.
The main focus of the cybersecurity initiative will be email authentication best practices that can combat some of the most popular strategies used by today's hackers.
"Email authentication is the front line defense for the escalating levels of spear phishing targeting government agencies and businesses which is undermining the trust and confidence of online services," explained OTA spokesman Craig Spiezle. "This program, supported by the White House, will help stem the tide of malicious and deceptive email."
With government employees handling sensitive information for both public sector agencies and consumers, potential data breaches could compromise anything and everything from Social Security numbers to intelligence community data. Supplying them with the knowledge and skills to both recognize and eliminate threats will be a crucial step toward enhanced online security in several respects.
The project is also being praised as an important blueprint for cross-sector collaboration. As threats become more prevalent and complex each day, cooperative efforts will likely be needed to stay ahead of hackers and ensure a safer online community.