National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Cyber Security Is Our Shared Responsibility

National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort to ensure everyone has the resources they need to stay safe online.

For over a decade, colleges and universities have promoted National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) each October as part of a collaborative effort to ensure everyone has the resources they need to stay safe online. Since information security is everyone’s responsibility, here are some tips to share with your campus this month.

WEEK 1: October 2-6 - Simple Steps to Online Safety

WEEK 2: October 9-13 - Cybersecurity in the Workplace is Everyone's Business

WEEK 3: October 16-20 - Today's Predictions for Tomorrow's Internet

WEEK 4: October 23-27 - The Internet Wants YOU: Consider a Career in Cybersecurity

WEEK 5: October 30-31 - Wrap Up


Stop-Think-Connect: Protect yourself and help keep the web a safer place for everyone:

STOP: Before you use the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems.

THINK: Take a moment to be certain the path ahead is clear. Watch for warning signs and consider how your actions online could impact your safety or the safety of others.

CONNECT: Enjoy the Internet with greater confidence, knowing you’ve taken the right steps to safeguard yourself and your computer.


Videos & Tips

Sharing Information: A Day in Your Life

Cybersecurity 101 Video

FTC Computer Security Video

Stop-Think-Connect: Tips & Advice

EDUCAUSE Security Awareness Campaign Blogs - 2017 and 2018


Campus Resources and Awareness Training

  1. Campus Data Protection - Informs users what sentive data is and how to handle, store, protect, and detect it

  2. Campus Anti-Phishing Campaign - Information Security launched their PhishMe campaign in December 2016 to educate the campus about phishing scams. The goal of the campaign is to limit the number of compromised accounts and raise cyberawareness. Click here to learn more about the Phishme campaign.

  3. OPTIONAL Security Training for Students via Lynda.com (requires login)

  4. OPTIONAL Security Training for Staff, Faculty, and Administrators. via Sans (requires employee login)


Online Safety and Security

Be more secure! Make sure a URL includes HTTPS before entering any personal information.

Be cautious of public Wi-Fi hot spots and use private networks for sensitive transactions. Avoid checking your bank account, making purchases, or logging in to other websites that include sensitive information when using public Wi-Fi.

Go stealth when browsing.Your browser can store quite a bit of information about your online activities, including cookies, cached pages, and history. To ensure the privacy of personal information online, limit access by going "incognito" and using the browser's private mode.

Securing Mobile Devices

Password-protect your devices. Give yourself more time to protect your data and remote wipe your device if it's lost or stolen by enabling passwords, PINs, fingerprint scans, or other forms of authentication.

Secure those devices and backup data! Make sure that you can remotely lock or wipe each mobile device. That also means backing up data on each device in case you need to use the remote wipe function.

Verify app permissions. Don't forget to review app specifications and privacy permissions before installing it!

Update operating systems. Security fixes or patches for mobile devices' operating systems are often included in these updates.


Keep a Clean Machine

Keep Security Software Current. Having the latest security sofware, web browser and operatng system is the best defense against viruses, malware and other online threats.

Automate Software Updates. Many sofware programs will automatcally connect and update to defend against known risks. Turn on automatc updates if that’s an available opton.

Protect all Devices that Connect to the Internet. Along with computers, smartphones, gaming systems and other web-enabled devices also need protecton from viruses and malware.

Plug and Scan. USBs and other external devices can be infected by viruses and malware. Use your security sofware to scan them.

Protect Your Personal Information

Lock Down Your Login: Fortfy your online accounts by enabling the strongest authentcaton tools available, such as biometrics, security keys or a unique one-tme code through an app on your mobile device. Your usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, banking and social media.

Make Your Password a Sentence: A strong password is a sentence that is at least 12 characters long. Focus on positve sentences or phrases that you like to think about and are easy to remember (for example, “I love country music.”). On many sites, you can even use spaces!

Unique Account, unique Password: Separate passwords for every account helps to thwart cybercriminals.

Write it Down, Keep it Safe: Having separate passwords for every account helps to thwart cybercriminals. At a minimum, separate your work and personal accounts and make sure that your critcal accounts have the strongest passwords.


Identity Theft—It Could Happen to You

Read your monthly statements carefully.Review bank, credit card, and pay statements, as well as other important personal accounts (e.g., health care, social security). If a statement has mistakes, charges you don't recognize, or doesn't arrive when expected, contact the business.

Be careful when sharing personal info. Avoid responding to pop-up ads, e-mails, texts, or phone messages that ask for personal information such as your Social Security number, password, or account number. Legitimate companies don't ask for information in this way. To learn more about Phishing Scams click here.

If you've been a victim of ID theft: Create an Identity Theft Report by filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission online (or call 1-877-438-4338).