National Cyber Security Awareness Month
October 1, 2017 marks the beginning of the 14th annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a joint effort between the United States Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance to educate the public about safe computing and information practices. Throughout October, the government and more than 600 public and private organizations nationwide will champion cyber security.
This month, UD Information Technologies highlights the resources that help protect our University community. Weekly UDaily articles cover topics of interest, including what hackers are after, the tools they use to target us, and how UD IT can help you protect your computer and yourself from these criminals.
Get recognized for your commitment
Throughout October, UD IT will reward employees who demonstrate commitment to our community's security. You will automatically earn up to two chances to win one of several NCSAM prizes, including Amazon gift cards, just for practicing good cyber hygiene:
- complete Phase II of 2017 Secure UD Training during October, and/or
- forward October's Secure UD "Take a BITE out of phish!" email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prize winners will be drawn during the IT Tech Fair on November 15th. Be sure to stop by the Trabant Multipurpose Room between 11:00am and 2:30pm to explore IT's many services, discuss how IT can help keep you secure, and enjoy a free lunch!
Look for these UDaily articles throughout the month for more information about security and how it impacts you.
What hackers are after
Hackers represent a very real threat to every digital society, but they and their actions aren't well understood by the general public. UD IT sheds some light on hackers' motives and their targets and explains how every member of the campus community can help protect themselves, each other, and our institution against cybercriminals.
Read more in UDaily.
Phishing, or the use of emails and deception to manipulate people, is one of the most common and effective tools hackers employ. But phishing as a criminal practice has evolved over time, and the attacks seen in the news today can be much more sophisticated than the scams of previous decades. UD IT addresses some myths and realities of phishing and equips you with the knowledge and opportunities to protect yourself, our community, and our University from phishing attacks.
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Almost every member of the University community uses a computer for scholarship, research, banking, social interaction, and many more day-to-day tasks. As a result, our computers touch a wide range of personal data. UD IT explains how any responsible community member can protect their computer—and their personal information—in a few simple steps. Employees who are interested in having these security features managed for them may contact IT.
Staying secure during the holiday season
NCSAM wraps up with a look forward to the Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and December-long holiday season and offers some simple tips for protecting yourself, your family, and your friends during this time. Topics of interest include online shopping, Internet of Things devices, and your privacy rights.