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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).  NCASM is sponsored by the National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) within the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA, a non-profit organization), National Cyber Security Awareness Month encourages vigilance and protection by all computer users.

We encourage you to ALWAYS practice good cyber security habits, as they are essential to protecting your computer systems and potentially your physical safety. Help raise cyber security awareness by sharing the tips you find useful. To get you started here are 5 simple tips:

1)    Be wary of free Wi-Fi networks. Never bank or shop over free Wi-Fi networks, which are often not secure. You risk cyber criminals gaining access to your accounts and stealing your personal information.

2)    Think before you click. Don’t click on links or open email attachments you don’t trust. Look closely at the link or the sender of the message to make sure it’s legitimate. When in doubt, throw it out – ignore the link or delete the email.

3)    Protect your privacy. Review the privacy settings on your social media accounts to limit who can see your information. Also, never post sensitive information – like your address, birthday, or phone number – publicly.

4)    Back up your data. With threats like ransomware on the rise, it’s more important than ever to protect your valuable work, music, pictures, and other digital information by keeping back-up copies.

5)    Set strong passwords. Do not use the same password twice, and choose passwords that are hard to guess and contain a combination of letters and numbers.  

Week 1: Tuesday, October 3 at 10:40 am

Tech Talk:  "The Safety Net: Protecting the Nest"

Location: James E. Shepard Library, First Floor Lobby

Week 2: Wednesday, October 11 at 1:00 pm

Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Harris 

Location: Miller Morgan Auditorium

Week 3: Thursday, October 19 at 10:40 am

Keynote Speaker: Mr. Zachery Mitcham

Topic: "The Road to a Security Career"

Location: James E. Shepard Memorial Library TechnoScholar Classroom

Week 4: Thursday, October 26 at 10:40 am

“Ask Us” Informational Table

Location: James E. Shepard Library, First Floor Lobby

Week 5: Tuesday, October 31 at 10:40 am

Keynote Speaker: Rene Daughtry, Founder / CEO Aisymmetry LLC

Topic: Learning How to Protect Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Threats Through Security Positions

Location: James E. Shepard Memorial Library TechnoScholar Classroom

To promote awareness on our campus, NCCU ITS will share resources and give tips to you regarding cyber security to help raise awareness on all of our social media pages through email and with events.  Visit the link below for more information: 

http://www.nccu.edu/administration/its/cybersecurity-awareness-month.cfm
 
 “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and few minutes of cyber-incident to ruin it.” 

? Stephane Nappo

Published: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
by Director, Client Services, Patrice J Walker
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