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Orinda City Council Proclaims October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month

During the Orinda City Council meeting on Tuesday, August 15, 2023, the City highlighted the growing importance of cybersecurity in today's digital landscape. The meeting, attended by the public, press, and local officials, centered around recognizing and addressing the critical need for heightened awareness of cybersecurity practices.

Acknowledging the Significance of Cybersecurity Awareness

During the meeting, the City of Orinda took a momentous step by officially proclaiming October 2023 as Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The proclamation, signed by Mayor Inga Miller, underscores the city's commitment to safeguarding its digital infrastructure and educating its residents about the importance of cybersecurity.

Insightful Presentation by CSA Donald Hester


The picture shows Donald Hester receiving the proclamation from Mayor Inga Miller.
The picture shows Donald Hester receiving the proclamation from Mayor Inga Miller.

A highlight of the evening was a presentation by Cybersecurity Specialist Donald Hester, from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) who shed light on the significance of Cybersecurity Awareness Month. His presentation emphasized the importance of staying vigilant against cyber threats, educating individuals on best practices, and fostering a culture of cybersecurity within the community.

Community Engagement and City Council Support

City Council members expressed unanimous support for the initiative, recognizing the potential consequences of cyberattacks on both individual residents and the city's operations as a whole. The presentation by Donald Hester resonated strongly with the council members, further reinforcing the need to prioritize digital security in an increasingly interconnected world.

Assistant City Manager Douglas Alessio is planning proactive steps that the City can take to enhance its digital resiliency. He highlighted the City's collaboration with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), utilizing their services to bolster the City's defenses against cyber threats.

As technology continues to advance, the City of Orinda's proactive stance on cybersecurity sets a commendable example for other communities to follow. The collective efforts of city officials, community members, and cybersecurity experts will undoubtedly contribute to creating a safer and more secure digital environment for everyone.

In the spirit of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the City of Orinda encourages all residents to take the initiative to educate themselves about cybersecurity best practices and remain vigilant against potential online threats. By working together, we can build a stronger, more resilient community that is well-prepared to face the challenges of the digital age.

The picture shows Donald Hester receiving the proclamation from Mayor Inga Miller.

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