October Is 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 StaySafeOnline.org, that students, faculty, and staff can use to educate themselves about information security issues.
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.
National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)
Anti-Malvertising.org seeks to educate consumers about malicious software and advertising online.
An interactive game that teaches users how to identify phishing.
Department of Homeland Security
Information Security Guide: Effective Practices & Solutions for Higher Education
Internet Theft Assistance Center (ITAC)
JustAskGemalto.com is devoted to answering questions about digital services and security technologies.
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.
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.
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.