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JULY 2012  A special message from your electric cooperative We keep your data safe


targeting traditional goods like electronics or the family safe. Instead, they want your personal information. Cyber thieves keep testing digital doorknobs and looking for open software windows to find a way to crack personal and business databases.


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Choctaw Electric Cooperative (CEC) takes this threat seriously. After all, CEC is owned and governed by you, our members. You’ve placed your trust in your electric co-op and we’re committed to protecting your data while delivering reliable, safe, and affordable power.


Unlike many rural areas, we don’t have a digital open door policy at Choctaw Electric. As a cooperative, we’re part of a national network of consumer-controlled electricity providers working together to


TICKLERS In the service


held the names of everyone in the community who had given their lives serving in the military, and two small American flags were mounted on the wall beside it.


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“Good morning, young lady,” the pastor said. “Pastor, what is this?” the little girl asked.


“Well, it’s a memorial to all the brave men and women who have died in the service.” The girl nodded solemnly. Then she asked, “Pastor?”


Yes, child?” “Which service was it, the 8:30 or the 11 o’clock?”


ne Sunday morning, a pastor was strolling through his church’s foyer between services and noticed a little girl staring up at a plaque next to the door. The plaque


t seems every day we hear about another security breach, and today’s thieves aren’t


constantly evaluate and bolster cyber security measures. While there’s no sure-fire way to keep determined computer hackers out, we’re making it a lot harder, raising our level of protection with new tools provided by the Cooperative Research Network, a research arm of our national service organization, Arlington, Va.-based


National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.


Collaborating with electric cooperatives across rural America, we are working hard to minimize cyber security risks. Of course cyber security isn’t a one-time thing—we’re constantly improving and reinforcing our defenses with new technologies and best practices to protect your data and our operations.


No matter what security challenges rear their heads in the future, Choctaw Electric Cooperative is striving to be ready to meet them. At CEC, we are looking out for you.


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