October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

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October 4, 2016

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about cyber security. Our world is more connected than ever before. The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether we realize it or not.

I am happy to announce that UCSB will be participating in National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) this October. The goal of NCSAM is to increase awareness about cyber security while educating the campus community on ways to better protect their mobile devices, computers, networks, and private information from unauthorized intrusions or cyber attacks. The best ways to realize a substantial and lasting improvement in cyber security is to not only add additional technical solutions but also to raise awareness and educate our campus community on the fundamentals of cyber security.

To celebrate NCSAM we will be:

  • Distributing Cyber Security Posters around campus focusing on:
  • Phishing
  • Protecting Your Devices
  • Sharing Information Online
  • Using Strong Passwords
  • Ransomware
  • Utilizing digital signage on campus to support the above focus areas
  • Posting short cyber security videos on UCSB related social media sites
  • Promoting a series of Cyber Security Webinars & Talks
  • Highlighting Cyber Security Staff  from around the UC system throughout the month
  • Publishing Cyber Security Tips and Facts
  • Highlighting Cyber Security Blog articles throughout the month
  • Providing a NCSAM Toolkit for utilization at the campus level
  • Cyber security presentations on request by Sam Horowitz, UCSB Chief Information Security Officer

No single person, University, or business can secure the Internet. Each one of us has a part to play in this monumental task. Securing mobile devices, computers, networks, and private information is part of the collective effort that is needed.  By utilizing more robust cyber security practices, enhancing awareness, training young folks or new employees, we can make the Internet safer and more secure for everyone.   

Please take some time to familiarize yourself with these materials. I would like to thank Kip Bates from Administration and Residential IT (ARIT) for his work on developing NCSAM materials.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Sam Horowitz or Kip Bates.

Sam Horowitz, CISSP CISM
Chief Information Security Officer