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MO cybersecurity summit helps residents protect themselves

The Missouri Governor’s Cyber Security Summit was held today in Jefferson City.

The summit was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as part of our state’s ongoing initiative to strengthen cybersecurity. A number of state leaders were in attendance, and the event was aimed at both raising awareness and sharing best practices.

Michael Roling, Chief Information Officer for the State of Missouri, says our state is one of the leaders nationwide in terms of cybersecurity.

“We’ve been using a four point plan over the last several years to secure our state’s networks and other resources from criminals and other adversaries,” Roling says, adding, “We [Missouri] have been a model for other states in terms of building up our defenses and protecting state resources.”

Experts say one of the best ways to protect yourself is ask questions.

“It’s part of your own responsibility to keep your information protected,” Kayla Wilber, an IT consultant with Huber & Associates tells ABC 17 News. “Consumers should start asking questions about, ‘How is my data that is shared with you protected?”

Another great way to protect yourself is to use two-factor authentication. The problem? Most websites don’t have that feature automatically enabled.

The State of Missouri’s official website has a number of great resources for consumers. This link will also show you, step by step, how to enable two-factor authentication for websites you frequently use.

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