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OCTOBER 2018


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Our Doors Are Open


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Did You Receive Your Check?


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Venison Stew inside your co-op


Printing Dates Delay Coverage Of Annual Meeting


Choctaw Electric's newsletter goes to press every month on the 15th. Because of our printing deadline, it is impossible for us to include news from the CEC Annual Meeting in the October newsletter. Please look for stories and photos from the meeting in the November issue of CEC Inside Your Co-op or check CEC's Facebook page for highlights from our big event.


Thank you for your interest in our 2018 Annual Meeting!


Protecting Your Data Is Serious Business QCYBER SAFETY


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echnology breaches––think customer credit card data being stolen from Target, or consumer data stolen from


Amazon––are commonplace today. At Choctaw Electric Cooperative (CEC), this new reality requires increased security measures and the constant monitoring of organizational and personal data to ensure your identities, credit card numbers or bank accounts are never compromised.


Keeping systems secure is not solely the responsibility of your co-op’s information technology employees. It falls on every employee to do their part to keep critical personal and organizational data safe from potential breaches.


It’s a little overwhelming at times, but CEC remains vigilant about protecting your data by making sure its computer software–– including web browsers––are updated with the latest software. Keeping software up- to-date ensures security patches deployed by our information technology (IT) team can succeed in blocking security threats.


CEC employees are also trained to recognize and avoid potential cyber threats. The co-op also works with an independent security company that tests the co-op’s cyber defenses and provides a thorough evaluation. Because electric co-ops work together across county and state boundaries, co-op employees are able to share news of attempts to breach


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At the national level, electric co-ops— with the Department of Energy and National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)––are working together through the Rural Cooperative Cybersecurity Capabilities (RC3) program to better protect members from security threats. The program includes training, tools and resources geared toward small and medium-sized co-ops. Such partnerships among co-ops foster a culture of cybersecurity and ensure that warnings and threats, as well as solutions, are shared in a timely fashion.


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