National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Events 2023
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month and ITS and the Information Security Office are celebrating all month long with activities, events and resources. Learn how to protect yourself and the University, online — and have some fun doing it.
Founded in 2004, Cybersecurity Awareness Month, held each October, is the world’s foremost initiative promoting cybersecurity awareness and best practices. Businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities — like UNC-Chapel Hill — all celebrate Cybersecurity Awareness Month as part of keeping our communities cyber-safe.
Join us for these Cybersecurity Awareness Month events (scroll or click to jump to more event details):
- October 2: In-person event in Polk Place featuring free food, lockpicking and “evil” Wi-Fi.
- October 2 – 6: Online capture the flag competition, with prizes for the top three contestants.
- October 13: “Hacking Your Brain for Better Cybersecurity,” webinar by George Finney, CISO at Southern Methodist University and author of “Well Aware.”
- October 23: “Current and Future Challenges in Cybersecurity,” virtual panel discussion with Michael Tran Duff of Harvard University, Jeremy Rosenberg of Yale University and Allison Henry from the University of California, Berkeley.
Swing by the security tent in Polk Place on October 2 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Event highlights include:
- Free pizza and cookies at noon
- Hands-on lockpicking
- “Evil” Wi-Fi demonstration
- Swag and giveaways
- Data@Rest podcast
- Careers in cybersecurity
- Online capture the flag competition kickoff
This event is co-hosted by the Information Security Office, the ITS Service Desk and School of Medicine IT.
See how your cyber skills stack up against your peers in an online capture the flag competition!
Capture the flag is a cybersecurity game where competitors win points by solving cybersecurity challenges. When competitors solve a challenge, they reveal the “flag” — in this case, a small bit of text. The more challenges competitors solve, the more flags they capture, the more points they score.
Access the challenge between October 2 and October 6 and see how high you can place on the leaderboard. The top three contestants win prizes!
Note that this link will be active only while the challenge is open.
Join the Information Security Office for a free webinar, “Hacking Your Brain for Better Cybersecurity,” on Friday, October 13, at 11 a.m. Registration is required.
George Finney, best-selling author and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Southern Methodist University will lead the presentation. According to Finney, many of us are conditioned to believe that being secure relies on being cynical. In his award-winning book, “Well Aware,” Finney demonstrates that the opposite is true. He proves we can hack our own brain’s “habit loop” to make being more secure easy.
In this webinar, Finney will help attendees find their own top internal and external cybersecurity strengths and understand how habits play a role in being more secure. Then, he will share a roadmap for using the science behind habits to make security possible for anyone.
The final event for this year’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month will be a virtual panel discussion on Monday, October 23, at 11 a.m. Registration is required.
The panel will feature Michael Tran Duff, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Data Privacy Officer at Harvard University; Allison Henry, CISO at University of California, Berkeley; and Jeremy Rosenberg, CISO of Yale University.
The panel will reflect on current and emerging challenges in cybersecurity, touching on topics at the personal, institutional and societal level. Has cybersecurity made headway in making the technical underpinnings of society safer, or are we fighting tomorrow’s battles with yesterday’s methods? How does anyone keep up with the emerging threats and creative new uses of technology? What’s likely to stay the same and what’s changing in how we think about and respond to cyber risks?
About Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Cybersecurity Awareness Month is designed to engage, educate and motivate. In October 2004, the National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security designated the month as a time to raise awareness about cybersecurity to increase the nation’s resiliency in case of a cyber incident. For two decades, organizations large and small have come together to celebrate Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The grassroots movement has become a united effort towards supporting a safer and more resilient cyberspace.