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Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Hacktober campaign!

Thousands of state employees took part in WaTech’s fourth annual Hacktober campaign, organized by the state Office of Cybersecurity (OCS). This year’s campaign included a new online quiz, an improved cybersecurity escape room, a “careless cube” (outside the escape room) and a series of presentations all aimed at increasing awareness of growing threats online.

There was a large turnout this year:

  • Nearly 14,000 online cybersecurity quizzes were completed by state workers.
  • More than 250 people on 51 teams, from 24 state agencies experienced the Hacktober escape room.
  • About 180 state workers checked out the careless cube at the 1500 Jefferson Building in Olympia, which educates people on common security mistakes at the workplace.
  • We also had great turnout in person and online for the Hacktober presentations.

The Hacktober presentations will be archived and made available on the OCS website. In addition, the cybersecurity escape room is available for training sessions at state agencies. If your agency is interested, please contact OCS at cybersecurity@ocs.wa.gov.