Tech Tip: Guidance for security while telecommuting 

As employees adjust to the impacts of COVID-19, there is a need for additional guidance on how to improve cyber security defenses while working from home. Please review the attached Telecommute Security Guidance document which includes a short video about how to create a cyber secure home, as well as other recommendations. The video can also be seen below.  It is important to make sure King County employees are extra vigilant against cybersecurity threats so that KCIT’s main focus can continue to be on helping employees, not addressing security issues. Please stay vigilant for phishing or other scams attempting to use keywords related to COVID-19, coronavirus, Wuhan and other related topics, as there has been an increase in this type… Read More

Update your emergency contact information in PeopleSoft

It’s important to review and update your personal contact information in PeopleSoft in case we need to urgently reach you or your emergency contact. By making sure your information is current: Your emergency contact can be notified if something happens to you at work. Someone at King County can reach you with information about building closures, safety directives, and other time-sensitive issues. You can receive information at the email address and phone number you prefer. Here’s how: Sign in to PeopleSoft. You can also access PeopleSoft from home: ess.kingcounty.gov. Go to Personal Details… Read More

Protecting network security during COVID-19  

During this COVID-19 outbreak, please be extra careful when accessing external sources of information. Fake coronavirus website and emails have been identified, and can compromise our network security if accessed. Please do not share links that have not been approved by county leadership. King County will share the latest information with employees from Public Health via its website www.kingcounty.gov/COVID and blog www.publichealthinsider.com, and our official communications channels. 

Tech Tips: Using Skype successfully 

KCIT is committed to ensuring all eligible employees can efficiently telecommute. That means using Skype to make calls and conduct your meetings virtually on County-owned devices like laptops and tablets. Many are already using this valuable tool daily, while it may be new to others.   Here’s what you need to know to get started:                                                     If you use Microsoft Office 365 on your King County device (laptop, tablet, etc.) you are good to go to conduct Skype calls/meetings. You do not need VPN access and no further permissions are needed.    If you haven’t used Skype… Read More

Important notice regarding Microsoft Teams and Planner tools

Background:  King County must make changes to Office 365, resulting in updates to the Microsoft Teams and Planner tools. These changes will improve the stability and security of Office 365. The changes are required by Microsoft. If you use Teams or Planner:  You should not edit your Teams and Planner sites from Feb. 1 until at least Feb. 18 or later. No changes can be saved during this period. You’ll still be able to access your documents and files by navigating through SharePoint to the file location. Continue to edit your documents through… Read More

KCIT update: Transitioning to Windows 10 

The push to upgrade all Windows 7 operating system computers to Windows 10 operating systems continues, and King County Information and Technology (KCIT) is on track to meet a Jan. 14 Microsoft deadline. On that date, Microsoft will stop supporting the Windows 7 system. Only a limited number of county devices will be allowed to continue with the Windows 7 system, as they run specialized software not compatible with the Windows 10 system.  Because of the switchover to Windows 10, KCIT will not allow devices with the Windows 7 system to connect… Read More

Tech Tip: Microsoft to shut off “ToDo” application 

In preparation for a change that Microsoft is making to King County’s Office 365 setup, the “ToDo” application will no longer be supported or available for use. Access to this application is scheduled to be turned off on Nov. 6. If you use ToDo, you can recreate your ToDo tasks in Outlook as Outlook Tasks prior to Nov. 6. For help, please contact the Helpdesk by submitting a HelpDesk ticket or calling 206-263-HELP. 

Tech Tip: A change in county email quarantining 

Microsoft has changed the daily quarantine notification message to make it easier for email users to review possibly suspicious emails quarantined over the last 24 hours. This adds an extra layer of protection by allowing King County employees to preview messages online without releasing them to their inbox.   Got a message that doesn’t need to be quarantined? Simply click on the “Review” button in the email to view the message and be routed to the quarantine portal. This section will explain why the message was quarantined and other information about it.  After… Read More

Tech Tip: Cyber Security Awareness Training is now available 

To start your Cyber Security Awareness Training please login at:   https://sso.securingthehuman.org/kingcounty/   Your account for Securing the Human:   Username: King County email address   Password: King County email password   For more information about Cyber Security please visit our Sharepoint site:   https://kc1.sharepoint.com/teams/ITISRC/ISRCPUB 

Tech Tip: Use your work badge 

  How to access the training:   To start your Cyber Security Awareness Training please login at:   https://sso.securingthehuman.org/kingcounty/   Your account for Securing the Human:   Username: King County email address   Password: King County email password   For more information about Cyber Security please visit our Sharepoint site:   https://kc1.sharepoint.com/teams/ITISRC/ISRCPUB