National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October Is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Our lives are increasingly involved with the digital world. Whether by desktops, laptops, PDAs, smartphones, or countless other devices that transmit information over the Internet, we rely on information technology. Security of this resource is paramount.

The Information Security Office at UNC-Chapel Hill is responsible for safeguarding the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information stored on and transmitted by computers over our networks. This requires a coordinated and conscious effort from the entire campus community. Good information security cannot be achieved solely by any one individual or organization. It is everyone’s shared responsibility.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month has occurred every October since 2004. It is a joint effort of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). It aims to promote awareness of cybersecurity so that in turn end-users will know how to protect themselves, their families, their computers, and their data.

The Information Security Office is proud to be counted as a sponsor of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Following are some resources, many taken from, that students, faculty, and staff can use to educate themselves about information security issues.

Primary Resources


ITS Security Training and Compliance

A series of training modules intended to introduce university employees to steps they can take to operate their computers safely and securely. Modules include Sensitive Information, Password Safety, and Virus, Trojans, and Worms, among others. Modules may be reviewed independently of one other.


Security Awareness Resource Page

Cybersecurity Resource Page

Computer Security Awareness Poster and Video Contest

YouTube Channel


National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)


Other Resources

Anti-Malvertising seeks to educate consumers about malicious software and advertising online.

Anti-phishing Game

An interactive game that teaches users how to identify phishing.

Department of Homeland Security

Cybersecurity: Our Shared Responsibility

EMC Corporation

Maintain My Privacy


Facebook Security: What To Do

Facebook Security: Threats

Facebook Security: Tips

Safety Center


Official Google Blog
YouTube Security Channel

Information Security Guide: Effective Practices & Solutions for Higher Education

Internet Theft Assistance Center (ITAC)

JustAskGemalto is devoted to answering questions about digital services and security technologies.


Spot the Scam


Shop Online With Confidence

What You Need to Know to Avoid Identity Theft

Identity Theft Video Spoofs

A series of 3 short videos that show how one family reacts when their identities take a walk on the wild side.

Meet the In-Laws
Birthday Party
Prom Dress


Online Safety
Tools and how tos in order to keep your family, yourself, and your computer protected.

Security Tips and Talk
Guidance on how to better protect your computer, laptop, PDA, smartphones, or other mobile device.

Security at Home Dicussion Group
A user forum that allows Microsoft users to ask and answer questions about their technology products.

Worldwide Computer Security Information
Available in dozens of languages.


Mobile Safety Tips

Social Networking Tips

StaySafeOnline1′s YouTube Channel


Safety Blog
Viruses and Risks

US-CERT (United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team)

Cyber Security Tips
Tips to educate yourself on a variety of online safety topics, including safe passwords, security software, cyberbullies, phishing, spam, social networking, mobile devices, and safe browsing.


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