This October celebrates the 10th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a program created as a collaborative effort by the US Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance to “ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.” This year’s theme is Our Shared Responsibility, which emphasizes that if each of us does our part to implement stronger information security practices, we collectively make these resources more secure for everyone.
Lehigh University and the LTS Information Security Team are participating in this year’s campaign as a National Cyber Security Awareness Month Champion. This includes outreach both within the Lehigh community and to outside secondary and post-secondary students, staff, and educators, industries, and professional groups through events, activities, and campaign materials designed at promoting security awareness. Anyone can get involved by visiting Stay Safe Online. The site includes simple tips and advice sheets, videos, posters, banners, and more, all promoting the simple security tagline: STOP. THINK. CONNECT. LTS Information Security is planning a number of activities all aimed at raising user security awareness. Some of these activities include:
- • Faculty and staff security awareness training through SANS “Securing the Human” videos. This self-paced content provides users with practical advice on securing themselves and their systems.
- • On campus communications through posters, digital signage, public site computers on malware, phishing, identity theft, copyrights, and more.
- • Social media and web communications that connect Lehigh users to tips, tricks, and tools to stay secure.
- • Lehigh branded characters, icons, and communications developed by Lehigh graphics art students to provide alerts and awareness to users regarding information security practices and policies.
- • Specialized training for LTS staff in vulnerability scanning, incident response, and access controls security areas.
Feel free to contact Keith Hartranft, Information Security & Policy Officer, if you have questions about hosting Champion security awareness events. So, if your October normally ends with a scare, take on shared responsibility to also end it AWARE! Do your part to participate in Cyber Security Awareness Month. Do your part to simply: STOP. THINK. CONNECT.