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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 mail.

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

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

FAX: 202-268-4492