Larry Zelvin: Federal Public Websites Are Protected From ‘Heartbleed’ Online Threat

cybersecurityLarry Zelvin, director of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration, wrote in a recent blog post that federally-run public websites have not been affected by the Heartbleed bug, FCW reported Tuesday.

“We are continuing to coordinate across agencies to ensure that all federal government websites are protected from this threat,” Zelvin wrote, according to the article.

FCW reports that the Department of Homeland Security‘s computer emergency readiness team informed the public about the Internet security flaw and recommended mitigation strategies.

Heartbleed can infect encrypted communications and transaction channels on online portals running the OpenSSL program, according to FCW.

Zelvin recommends that web users monitor email, social media and bank accounts and check for the “https” identifier in URLs before logging on websites.

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