October 17, 2003
SUBJECT: Computer Security Day
Over the past few weeks, we have all become more sensitive than ever to the
critical issue of security. From the routine activities we engage in every day,
to the movement of mail throughout our system, we are acutely aware of the need
for increased awareness and attention in all of our surroundings.
We are working hard to protect the safety and security of our employees. Our
customers, and the nation's mail. Heightened procedures, including the formation
of a new, cross-functional task force on mail security and hazardous materials
will go a long way toward helping us maintain the nation's confidence in the
Our focus must also include information security. The Postal Service, like
many private and government institutions, will observe annual Computer Security
Day on November 20,2003. This Computer Security Day, Information Technology
will provide information in several forms to observe this Day -broadcasts on
USPS-TV, awareness brochures, and articles in our national publications. You
can also get additional information at http://blue.usps.gov/security.
I encourage you to look closely at your practices in handling information in
your daily work routines. Please become more familiar with the policies that
guide authorized uses of computers and information, and pursue improvements
in behavior and business processes that contribute to stronger information security.
Even the greatest computer technology can be undermined by human behavior, whether
intentional or accidental. A security-aware workforce is our best first line
of defense against most threats -either internal or external. Threats to our
information come in a greater variety and appear faster than ever before. Your
eyes and ears assist us to respond quickly to incidents before harm spreads
across our network.
Information security is everyone's business. Thank you for your continued vigilance
in securing Postal Service information assets.
Robert L. Otto
Vice President, Chief Technology Officer
475 L'ENFANT PLAZA SW WASHINGTON DC 20260-