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 Hawaii, but also in our daily lives. For more information on the National initiatives, click on the banner image above.
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.
SEAR the Phish!
Cybercriminals craft legitimate-looking email to trick you into divulging your personal information. To keep yourself from becoming a victim, SEAR the phish!