October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month!

28 September 2023
By Kendall George
Cybersecurity Month

Welcome to Cybersecurity Awareness Month!

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month and an opportunity for us to sharpen our cybersecurity skills and learn ways to avoid security threats. Each week will have a particular emphasis:

  • Week 1: Use strong passwords and a password manager
  • Week 2: Turn on multifactor authentication (MFA)
  • Week 3: Recognize & report phishing
  • Week 4: Update software

I’ll provide more detail on each of these over the next four weeks. You can get a headstart now by checking out this Cybersecurity Tip Sheet.

New Cybersecurity Training

October is when we publish new web-based cybersecurity training for faculty, staff, and students. This training is an annual requirement from our insurer and federal regulation for ALL faculty and staff.

All employees must complete this training by November 30.

To motivate everyone to get this done, everyone who completes this training by the deadline will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Bon Appetit gift card. If you complete the training by October 31 you will have two chances to win.

Feel free to work as a team and in other ways encourage your colleagues to meet this important requirement. The course covers a variety of current cybersecurity issues. There are also a variety of elective topics — some are presented in a fun, gamified format. Students are welcome to check it out, too.

Save the Date for the Virtual Town Hall

Noon, Monday, October 30, 2023.

Add to your Google calendar.

Zoom Link

A regular feature of Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a casual informational and Q&A session. I’ll describe the current state of the higher education cyberthreat and the steps you can take to keep the campus and your own digital life secure. There will be ample time for Q&A.

Cybersecurity is everyone’s job. Be safe out there and, if you ever have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me (kgeorge) or the Helpdesk.

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