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Q: What is National Cyber Security Awareness Month?

Stop. Think. Connect

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October is designated as the National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). NCSAM is a national public awareness campaign to encourage everyone to protect their computers and computing infrastructure.

By promoting NCSAM at MIT, we recognize that individuals, organizations, businesses and the government all share the responsibility to secure their part of cyber space and the networks they use. If we all do our part – implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating young people, training employees – we will become a more resilient and safer digital society.

Four Smart Things You Can Do

  1. Stop. Think. Connect. Learn how to stay safe online through the tips and resources in the Secure Computing section of the IS&T website, at the official website of the National Cyber Security Alliance, or at Stop.Think.Connect.
  2. Help promote cyber security awareness at home, at work, at school or through social media.
  3. Watch the SANS Securing the Human training videos.
  4. Subscribe to the Security FYI Newsletter, a weekly email newsletter produced by IS&T with news and tips about computer security.

2015: Free Events at MIT Promoting Cyber Security Awareness

Keep IT Safe Table
MIT cares about your security -- find out how MIT can keep you, your devices and your data safe by visiting the “Keep IT Safe” table.
Don't put off signing up for Duo two-factor authentication or LastPass. IS&T staff will be on hand to help you get started.
Test your threat level by answering a security-related question; get free coffee and donuts when you answer correctly.
Want to learn more about how you can be more secure when you're online? Check out Securing the Human, quick online video training by SANS. Additionally, learn how to properly handle sensitive data here at MIT on the Information Protection @ MIT website.
Date and location TBD

Shred IT!
Are you a pack rat? Can’t seem to find the time to get rid of those old hard drives, thumb drives, CDs or digital tapes? Have mountains of old documents that might contain sensitive data but which aren’t needed anymore? Drop them off at the “Shred IT” table in the lobby of the Stata Center. Paper will be shredded by Shred-it, a professional document management company. Electronic media will be collected and disposed of securely with coordination by Distributed IT Resources (DITR) at MIT.
Date and location TBD

Other Free NCSAM Events

Educause has a learning initiative (ELI Webinars) that features a series of hour-long webinars with guest speakers who are experts in their fields and the topic of each webinar. Registered participants also have access to previous webinars that have been archived for further education on the topics that interest them. If you are interested, you can find the program's information and register on the ELI Webinars main page


If you're interested in planning and promoting your own event, start here.

Spread the word about NCSAM and these events, and we look forward to seeing you there.

Staying safe online is easy every month, not just in October.  

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December 11, 2016

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