2013 National Cyber Security Awareness Month
October 2013 marks the 10th annual 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).
The purpose of NSCAM is to raise awareness to the issues facing us about cyber security not only at UH, but also in our daily lives. For more information
on the National initiatives, click on the banner image above.
UH Information Security Team will be recognizing NSCAM with the NCSA theme of STOP. THINK. CONNECT.
There will be two presentations during the month of October. All broadcasts will originate on the UH Manoa Campus in Kuykendall Hall, Room 201 and will be broadcast over the
HITS network. Sign up to attend at: http://kuhi.its.hawaii.edu/training/ and click on "National Cyber Security Awareness Month Series". You will need to sign in with your UH username to register.
October 2, Privacy and Security: Protecting personally identifiable information and securing your mobile device. (1:30-3:30pm)
October 17, Current Cyber Threats & Preventing Cyber Crime. (1:00-3:00pm)
Awareness: Our Shared Responsibility
Week 1 October 1-6, 2013
Theme: 10 Years & Beyond: General Online Safety & STOP. THINK. CONNECT.
As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, we will take time to reflect on what we've accomplished so far in
keeping people safe and secure online, and what we need to achieve in the decade ahead. Week 1 also aims to raise online safety awareness among all
Americans and reinforce the simple measures everyone should take to be safer and more secure online and their understanding that cybersecurity is a shared
- Stop: Before you use the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems.
- Think: Take a moment to be certain the path ahead is clear. Consider how your actions online could impact your safety, or your family’s.
- Connect: Enjoy the Internet with greater confidence, knowing you’ve taken the right steps to safeguard yourself and your computer.
Being Mobile: Online Safety Anytime, Anywhere
Week 2 October 7-13, 2013
Theme: Being Mobile: Online Safety & Security
We now take the convenience and productivity of the Internet everywhere we go. We work untethered from a physical location,
stay connected as we travel and use portable devices to shop, bank, and manage our daily lives from anywhere. Week 2 highlights the need to
maintain a focus on safety and security wherever and whenever we use the Internet.
- Restrict access to your wireless network, by only allowing authorized users access to your network.
- Change any pre-configured default passwords to ones that would be difficult for an outsider to guess.
- Keep your anti-virus software updated.
- Use caution when downloading or clicking on any unknown links.
Education: pA5$w0rd! ... If It Isn't Strong, IT's Wrong!
Week 3: October 14-20, 2013
Theme: Cyber Education and the Next Generation of Cyber Leaders
In order to have a cyber-secure nation, we need to graduate cyber-capable adults who can use the Internet safely, securely, ethically and productively and
build a workforce of cybersecurity professionals to defend our networks. We can be successful if we teach everyone essentials and reach the next generation
of cyber leaders at an earlier age. Week 3 highlights the importance of cyber education and workforce development, including the advancement and opportunities
in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education.
- Use long passwords. Your UH username is required to be 8 - 32 characters.
- To strengthen your password, the recommendation is to use a mix of special characters, numbers, and the alphabet. (a UH Username password requires one upper case character, one lower case character, one number, and one special character)
- Never share your password with anyone!!!
- Don't use the same password for all of your accounts. It is most secure to change something about the password for each account.
- Remember, UH ITS will NEVER ask for your password by email. Unless you are working someone and you initiated the support
request, we will never ask you for your password to increase your quota or other account changes.
Cyber Crime: Sec_rity Is Not Complete Without U
Week 4: October 21-27, 2013
Today's world is more interconnected than ever before. Yet, for all its advantages, increased connectivity brings increased risk of theft, fraud, and abuse.
Week 4 will highlight how people can protect themselves against cybercrime and how to get help.
To view the NCSAM presentations from 2012, click here.
- Protect your Social Security number. Don't give it out unless you are sure the organization needs it. Ask questions when you are not sure.
- Don't fall for "phishing" emails or phone calls that ask for your account information or passwords.
- Shred all paper with personal information on it. Destroy harddrives before discarding old computers.
- Check your free credit report yearly.