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Cybersecurity Awareness Month Proclamation

State of Oregon Public Employees Retirement System

Support of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, October 2020

WHEREAS, the PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM recognizes that it has a vital role in identifying, and protecting its member and staff data, and responding to cybersecurity threats that may have a significant impact to our individual and collective safety and privacy; and

WHEREAS, PERS service delivery is increasingly reliant on information systems and technology to support members, staff, and vendors services and

WHEREAS, cybersecurity training and awareness are crucial for everyone, including PERS members, staff, and their family members and anyone who connects to the internet; and

WHEREAS, monitoring your accounts, being conscientious of what you share online, keeping computer software up to date, creating unique passwords and changing them regularly, installing anti-virus programs and firewalls, and using mobile devices safely are ways you can protect our members, staff, and yourself from phishing, viruses, malware, financial loss, and loss of sensitive data; and

WHEREAS, I KEVIN P. OLINECK am dedicated to providing our staff members with resources necessary to ensure the understanding, implementation, and support of the success of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month to help members and staff stay safe online and connect with confidence; and

WHEREAS, the STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ Campaign serves as the national cybersecurity public awareness campaign, implemented through a coalition of private companies, nonprofit, government organizations, and academic institutions working together to increase the public's understanding of cyber threats and empowering Americans to be safer and more secure online; and

WHEREAS, the Public Employees Retirement System Board Members support all the initiatives that enhance and protect the PERS cybersecurity ecosystem; so

Now, therefore, I, KEVIN P. OLINECK, Director of the Oregon PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM do hereby recognize October 2020 as PERS Cybersecurity Awareness Month, “Do Your Part #BeCyberSmart."


October 1, 2020