Celebrating NCSAM 2018 at UD
This October is the 15th annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), an annual, month-long celebration of cybersecurity in recognition of the growing importance it plays throughout our lives.
Led jointly by the United States Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, NCSAM helps educate the public about safe computing and information practices. Throughout October, the government and more than 600 public and private organizations nationwide champion the cybersecurity cause.
Here at the University of Delaware, we celebrate NCSAM with weekly resources, awareness training, and events like IT's Tech Open House.
Love prizes? Here's your chance to win one!
Demonstrate your commitment to cybersecurity this month and you may find yourself in our NCSAM prize drawing! Throughout October, you'll automatically earn up to two chances to win one of several prizes, including Amazon gift cards, just for practicing good cyber hygiene:
Prize winners will be drawn in November.
Check out these events!
Visit us during the Tech Open House on October 23! Be sure to stop by the Trabant Multipurpose Room between 11:00am and 2:00pm to explore IT's many services, discuss how IT can help keep you secure, and enjoy a free lunch.
UD’s CyberSecurity Initiative (UD CSI) is hosting a series of brown-bag discussions to mark October as the 15th annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). Topics include:
- Cybersecurity in the Workplace is Everyone's Business (Oct. 11)
- Today's Predictions for Tomorrow's Internet (Oct. 19)
- The Internet Wants You: Consider a Career in Cybersecurity (Oct. 25)
- Cybersecurity Preparedness in Corporate America—What are we missing? (Oct. 30)
All sessions will take place from noon-1:00pm in the iSuite, 132 Evans Hall. For more information, visit the CyberSecurity Initiative website: https://csi.udel.edu/2018/10/csi-brown-bag-lunches/
Students can develop their cyber skills through these opportunities offered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering:
- Tech Talk Tuesday (T3)—Co-sponsored by UD CSI... Join JPMC for a tech talk on hacking! (Oct. 23, 5pm)
- VIP Information Session—Students from all majors are needed for teams! (Oct. 24, 5pm)
Explore this month's resources!
Look for new articles throughout the month for more information about cybersecurity and how it impacts you.
Week 1: Oct. 1-5
Make Your Home a Haven for Online Safety
Every day, parents and caregivers teach kids basic safety practices—like looking both ways before crossing the street and holding an adult's hand in a crowded place. Easy-to-learn life lessons for online safety and privacy begin with parents leading the way. Learning good cybersecurity practices can also help set a strong foundation for a career in the industry.
With family members using the internet to engage in social media, adjust the home thermostat or shop for the latest connected toy, it is vital to make certain that the entire household—including children—learn to use the internet safely and responsibly and that networks and mobile devices are secure. Week 1 will underscore basic cybersecurity essentials the entire family can deploy to protect their homes against cyber threats.
Week 2: Oct. 8-12
Millions of Rewarding Jobs: Educating for a Career in Cybersecurity
A key risk to our economy and security continues to be the shortage of cybersecurity professionals to safeguard our ever-expanding cyber ecosystem. Raising the next generation of interested and capable cybersecurity professionals is a starting point to building stronger defenses. There are limitless opportunities to educate students of all ages—from high school into higher education and beyond—on the field of cybersecurity as they consider their options. In addition, veterans and individuals who are looking for a new career or re-entering the workforce, should explore the multitude of well-paying and rewarding jobs available.
Week 2 will address ways to motivate parents, teachers and counselors to learn more about the field and how to best inspire students and others to seek highly fulfilling cybersecurity careers.
Week 3: Oct. 15-19
It's Everyone's Job to Ensure Online Safety at Work
When you are on the job—whether it's at a corporate office, local restaurant, healthcare provider, academic institution or government agency—your organization's online safety and security are a responsibility we all share. And, as the lines between our work and daily lives become increasingly blurred, it more important than ever to be certain that smart cybersecurity carries over between the two.
Week 3 will focus on cybersecurity workforce education, training and awareness while emphasizing risk management, resistance and resilience.
Week 4: Oct. 22-26
Safeguarding the Nation's Critical Infrastructure
Our day-to-day life depends on the country's 16 sectors of critical infrastructure, which supply food, water, financial services, public health, communications and power along with other networks and systems. A disruption to this system, which is operated via the internet, can have significant and even catastrophic consequences for our nation.
Week 4 will emphasize the importance of securing our critical infrastructure and highlight the roles the public can play in keeping it safe. In addition, it will lead the transition into November's Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month, which is spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.