Cyber Security: Our Shared Responsibility

National Cyber Security Awareness Month is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity and increasing the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident.

We will be participating in this awareness campaign through emails, contests and a student-centered campus event. Please take a moment to revise the information below, which will help us better protect ourselves and the people around us, at home, at work and on the go.

Weekly Prizes

Answer one question about a short video for the chance to win a $25 Amazon giftcard, for four weeks! The winners (one staff and one faculty member) will be chosen each Monday morning and announced weekly on our website and emails.


Please join us at the DeNaples Center in October for prizes, hand-outs and candy. All attendees will be entered into the drawing to win the SOL REPUBLIC - Shadow Wireless In-Ear Headphones.

What is Cybersecurity?

We lead Internet-connected, digital lives. From our desks and homes to on the go, we work, learn and play online. Cybersecurity is the mechanism that maximizes our ability to grow commerce, communications, community and content in a connected world. No individual, business or government entity is solely responsible for securing the Internet. Everyone has a role in securing their part of cyberspace, including the devices and networks they use.

Individual actions have a collective impact and when we use the Internet safely, we make it more secure for everyone.

Safety Tips

  • 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. Watch for warning signs and 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.

Practice good online safety habits with these tips and advice:

  1. Keep a Clean Machine.
    • Keep security software current
    • Automate software updates
    • Protect all devices that connect to the Internet
    • Plug and scan all external devices
  2. Protect Your Personal Information.
    • Secure your accounts
    • Make passwords long and strong
    • Unique account, unique password
    • Write it down and keep it safe
    • Set the privacy and security settings to limit information sharing
  3. Connect with Care.
    • When links in email, tweets, posts, and online advertising look suspicious, delete them
    • Get savvy about Wi-Fi hotspots
    • When banking and shopping, check to be sure the sites is security enabled. Look for web addresses with “https://” or “shttp://”, which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information. “Http://” is not secure
  4. Be Web Wise.
    • Stay current with new ways to stay safe online
    • Be wary of communications that implores you to act immediately
    • Protect your digital information
  5. Practice Good Online Habits
    • What you do online has the potential to affect everyone – at home, at work and on the go
    • Post only about others as you have them post about you

Stop.Think.Connect. is a national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online. Visit the Stop.Think.Connect. website for more tips and advice.

Watch and Win

Watch the video and complete this one-question survey for the chance to win a $25 Amazon giftcard.

Cybersecurity at Work

This week will highlight the common threats businesses and employees are exposed to and provides resources to stay safer online. Employees have a shared responsibility to do their part ‒ especially as the traditional workplace changes with a mobile workforce, telecommuting and the blurring of lines between work and personal devices (BYOD).

More information soon.

Cybersecurity at Home and on the Go

The third week will emphasizes the importance of protecting ourselves when connecting to the internet at home and while on the go. We will review best practices for using mobile devices, banking, shopping, healthcare, social networking, and downloading the latest apps.

More information soon.

What’s Next?

Ongoing Internet safety and security education is crucial; this week will review how we can keep our digital lives safer and more secure with emerging technology. 

More information soon.