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Sheriff’s office offers tips for cyber safety



Keeping people safe online is the goal of National Cybersecurity Month in October and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office wants to help by providing daily cyber safety tips on Twitter.

The series of thirty-one tips covers topics ranging from identification theft to cyberbullying. Residents can have the information sent directly to their Twitter feed by following “WashoeSheriff” on Twitter.

Daily tips will also be distributed directly to members of AlertID and available online at www.washoesheriff.com.

“Cyber technology is connected to every aspect of our daily lives,” Washoe County Undersheriff Todd Vinger said. “It’s difficult to keep up with this fast-changing technology and the Sheriff’s Office wants to increase public awareness about steps each of us can take to protect ourselves, our finances, and our families.”

October 2011 marks the eighth annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security. The month highlights steps that Americans can follow to keep themselves safe online.

“The most serious economic and national security challenges we face are cyber threats. America’s economic prosperity and competitiveness in the 21st Century depends on effective cybersecurity,” the Department’s website says. “Every Internet user has a role to play in securing cyberspace and ensuring the safety of themselves and their families online.”

The Northern Nevada Cyber Center

As part of efforts to keep County residents cyber safe, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office constructed the Northern Nevada Cyber Center within the Sheriff’s Office on Parr Boulevard and is committed to maintaining an integral role in the Cyber Center’s efforts to protect the public.

The Cyber Center is a collaborative effort by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to investigate technology crimes, including cyber-based terrorism, computer intrusion, internet crimes against children and cyber frauds. The Center stays in front of emerging trends, gathers and shares information and intelligence with our public and private sector partners to protect the residents of Washoe County.

This specialized team of highly trained investigators includes members from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Nevada Attorney General’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, DHS Homeland Security Investigations, Identity Theft Task Force, Innocent Images Task Force, and the Internet Crimes against Children Task Force.

For more information about the Northern Nevada Cyber Center please, call (775) 785-6200.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office celebrates 150 years of proud service and community partnership in 2011. Sheriff Michael Haley is the 24th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County. His office continues to be the only full service public safety agency operating within northern Nevada and is responsible for operating the consolidated detention facility, regional crime lab, Northern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center, Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, court security, service of civil process and traditional street patrols.

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