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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2020

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Taube, Dan Published on Oct 01, 2020 

"Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart."

Now in its 17th year, the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month has an overarching theme of empowering the individual. This shift raises the bar from just awareness to instilling how we all can take ownership in protecting ourselves, our institutions, and others.

Events and Prizes!

Keep an eye out for our emails throughout the month. Each week will focus on a type of cyber threat that we all face. Engage on social media, take our quizzes, and join our events.

Not only will you increase your cyber skills, you will have opportunities to win prizes!

The pandemic has led to an even greater reliance on technology and digital resources. This change has also opened up new opportunities for threat actors. Cyber criminals leverage techniques that exploit our daily activities. It is necessary to understand how we can protect ourselves, our devices, and others.

Resources of the Week

How Do I Protect Myself From Cybercriminals During COVID-19?

Can You Spot The Phishing Email?

Staying Secure While Off Campus

Advisory - Email Impersonation Attacks

It all starts with a password. Cyber criminals often follow a common set of steps: obtain password, infiltrate system, download software, capture data. This series of events often precede the data breach, ransomware, and denial of service attacks we see in the news. If we practice better password hygiene, we can greatly reduce the chance this occurs to us.

Resources of the Week

Make Strong Passwords to Boost Security

Become a Password Pro

Let's Talk Teaching | Ep. 064: Cybersecurity Podcast

Data is the target. Whether a cyber criminal is encrypting it for ransomware, capturing it for extortion, or exfiltrating it to be used or sold off, data has substantial value. The way we create, store, and share data needs to be considered to make it more difficult for such events to occur.

Awareness and education is a critical driver for increasing cybersecurity. Organized efforts help address common themes of digital threats. However, it is a never ending battle against threat actors and cyber criminals. We need to work together and promote cyber safe practices with our colleagues, family, and friends.

Stay Connected

Follow @ISUITHelp on Facebook and Twitter for cybersecurity tips and training throughout October.

About the Month

If you would like to know more about the national campaign, visit the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) website.