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2017 National Cyber Security Awareness Month


National Cyber Security Awareness Month

The purpose of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NSCAM) is to raise awareness to the issues facing us about cyber security not only at the University of Hawai‘i, but also in our daily lives. For more information on the National initiatives, click on the banner image above.

Cyber Security Awareness Month Info Graphic. Learn the basics of online safety during National Cyber Security Awareness Month. National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) - held annually in October - is a collaborative effort between government, industry, and organizations of all sizes to help you - and everyone - stay safer and more secure online. Online safety is our shared responsibility, and it starts with STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Follow these tips throughout October - and year-round! - to help protect yourself and your information and promote a more trusted internet for everyone. OWN YOUR ONLINE PRESENSE. Set the privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing. It's OK to limit how and with whom you share information. PERSONAL INFORMATION IS LIKE MONEY. VALUE IT. PROTECT IT. Informaiton about you, such as purchase history or location, has value - just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it's collected by apps and websites. SHARE WITH CARE. Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider whata post reveals, who might see it and how it could be perceived now and in the future. KEEP A CLEAN MACHINE. Keep all software on internet-connected devices - including PCs, smartphones and tablets - up to date to reduce risk of infection from malware. GET 2-STEPS AHEAD. Turn on two-step authentication - also known as two-step verification or multi-factor authentication - on accounts where available. Two-factor authentication can use anything from a text message to your phone to a token to a biometric like your fingerprint to provide enhanced account security. GET STARTED TODAY! Link to

National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NSCAM) sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Multi State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC).

Each week of October will feature a different theme of cyber security. A summary of the current week will be posted on the top of this page while previous weeks will be placed towards the bottom. The current week's information will also be available on the Infosec home page.

The weekly topics will be:

  • Computer and Mobile Device Security
  • Securing your home network
  • Securing Personal Data
  • Security for IoT Devices

Below are a few tips from the National Cyber Security Alliance to keep you safe online!

Keep A Clean Machine

  • Keep Security Software Current: Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats.
  • Automate Software Updates: Many software programs will automatically connect and update to defend against known risks. Turn on automatic updates if that's an available option.
  • Protect All Devices That Connect To The Internet: Along with computers, smart phones, gaming systems, and other web-enabled devices also need protection from viruses and malware.
  • Plug And Scan: USBs and other external devices can be infected by viruses and malware. Use your security software to scan them.

Protect Your Personal Information

  • Secure Your Accounts: Ask for protection beyond passwords. Many account providers now offer additional ways for you to verify who you are before you conduct business on that site.
  • Make Passwords Long And Strong: Combine capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols to create a more secure password.
  • Unique Account. Unique Password: Separate passwords for every account helps to thwart cybercriminals.
  • Write It Down And Keep It Safe: Everyone can forget a password. Keep a list that's stored in a safe, secure place away from your computer.
  • Own Your Online Presence: Set the privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing. It's ok to limit how and with whom you share information.

Connect With Care

  • When In Doubt, Throw It Out: Links in emails, tweets, posts, and online advertising are often the way cybercriminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it's best to delete or if appropriate, mark as junk mail.
  • Get Savvy About Wi-Fi Hotspots: Limit the type of business you conduct and adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your machine.
  • Protect Your $$: When banking and shopping, check to be sure the site is security enabled. Look for the web addresses with "https://," which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information. "Http://" is not secure.

Mobile Device Security

Mobile Devices are becoming apart of peoples everyday lives. Many of us use our mobile devices to view bank account information, pay bills, browse the internet, and social media. Our mobile devices can also be used to store sensitive information like photos, videos, emails, and text messages. It's important that we protect this information to prevent unauthorized users from accessing the information. The first line of defense for your mobile device is your lock screen. Your lockscreen doesn't only keep your significant other, kids, or parents from snooping on your phone, but it also makes it harder for other malicious users from gaining access to your device in the event your device in the event it's lost or stolen.

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