October 18, 2002
SUBJECT: Information Security Awareness
Over the past year, we have all become more sensitive to security.
From the routine activities we engage in every day to the movement of mail throughout
our system, we have a heightened sense of awareness. As we continue to work
hard to protect the safety and security of our employees, our customers, and
the nation's mail, our emphasis must also include information security.
The Postal Service, like many private and government institutions, observes
Computer Security Day each year in November. This Computer Security Day on November
21, Information Technology will provide important information in several forms
- awareness telecasts on USPS-TV, brochures, posters, and articles in our national
publications -to help reinforce the need for good security practices both at
work and at . These practices are as applicable to portable devices (laptops,
handhelds, and wireless text messaging products) as they are to desktop computers.
Please give your full support and encourage your managers to create the greatest
awareness impact on November 21.
To emphasize the importance the Postal Service places on information security,
we have made viewing of the awareness video, Course 32201-05, mandatory training
for all employees. While we encourage you to show the video in your organization
in observance of Computer Security Day, please take necessary steps to ensure
your employees view it during the year as part of their mandatory training.
This training is creditable towards their Voice of Employee (VOE) requirements.
The video will be telecast frequently on USPS-TV beginning November 21. The
videocassette and a brief instruction sheet of talking points for facilitators
will be stocked under PSN 6910-05-000-5513 O (PSIN CPG32201-05V).
A workforce that is aware of information security is our first line of defense.
Threats to our information come in a greater variety and appear faster than
ever before. Your employees' eyes and ears assist us to respond quickly to incidents.
Thank you for your continued vigilance in securing Postal Service information
Suzanne F. Medvidovich
Senior Vice President
Robert L. Otto
475 L'ENFANT PLAZA SW
WASHINGTON DC 20260