Cybersecurity Blog

October 9, 2018

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Week # 2

The theme of Week #2 is: "Millions of Rewarding Jobs: Educating for a Career in Cybersecurity".  Visit our National Cybersecurity Awareness Month webpage for more information.


October 7, 2018

Election Security

With elections quickly approaching, State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial (SLTT) governments are partnering with federal and national organizations to prepare for possible interference from bad actors.  Free and fair elections is the cornerstone of United States democracy, so some other nations are trying to undermine our democracy by attacking the US Election Infrastructure.  

In 2017, the Department of Homeland Security designated Election Infrastructure as a Critical Infrastructure Sub-sector: "I have reached this determination so that election infrastructure will, on a more formal and enduring basis, be a priority for cybersecurity assistance and protections that the Department of Homeland Security provides to a range of private and public sector entities". Election Infrastructure is defined as: "storage facilities, polling places, and centralized vote tabulations locations used to support the election process, and information and communications technology to include voter registration databases, voting machines, and other systems to manage the election process and report and display results on behalf of state and local governments".

The bad actors are not just trying to disable or manipulate voter registration or vote counts, they are also trying to propagate misinformation, which can have a negative impact on the public's confidence in the validity of our democratic elections.  Election Security is not just a responsibility for the IT Security department or the Secretary of State, it is the responsibility of all SLTT government employees.   One click on a malicious link in a phishing email by a SLTT employee has the potential to introduce malware into the IT environment.  Therefore, everyone must endeavor to be extra diligent in everything we do at work to do our part in protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of Election Infrastructure.  For more information about Election Security, visit:


October 5, 2018

Kids Safe Online Poster Contest

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The Governor’s office, the State Information Technology Services Division (SITSD), and the Montana Information Security Advisory Council (MT-ISAC) are conducting a state-wide kindergarten through 12th grade computer safety contest in conjunction with the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). We encourage teachers and educators to use this contest to address cybersecurity awareness and online safety in their classrooms. Visit our Kids Safe Online Poster Contest webpage for more information.


October 3, 2018

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Week # 1

The theme of Week #1 is: "Make your Home a Haven for Online Safety". Visit our National Cybersecurity Awareness Month webpage for more information.


October 1, 2018

2018 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)

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Today marks the beginning of the 15th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM).  NCSAM 2018 will highlight user awareness by addressing specific challenges and identify opportunities for behavioral change. It will also remind everyone that protecting the internet is “Our Shared Responsibility.”  NCSAM 2018 will also address the critical need to build a strong, cybersecurity workforce to help ensure families, communities, businesses, and the country’s infrastructure are protected against increasingly more prevalent and sophisticated threats. Visit our National Cybersecurity Awareness Month webpage for more information.