Held every October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online.
LMU is proud to be a champion and support this online safety and education initiative this October.
As part of this year’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month, ITS Security will be rewarding you for getting cybersmart. Anyone who completes the Information Security Awareness Training Program in Brightspace by 10/31/2020 will be entered into a drawing for ITS swag. If you have already taken the security training program, your name will automatically be entered into the raffle.
Theme for the Week of October 12 (Week 2)
Securing Devices at Home and at Work
Week of October 19 (Week 3): Securing Personal Data
Week of October 26 (Week 4): Cybersecurity and Internet of Things (IoT)
Steps You Can Take To Protect Your Data
The following action items will help you keep your personal and work devices and information secure and protected.
- Keep Tabs on Your Apps: Most connected appliances,toys and devices are supported by a mobile application.Your mobile device could be filled with suspicious apps running in the background,or using default permissions you never realized you approved-gathering your personal information without your knowledge,while also putting your identity and privacy at risk. Check your app permissions and delete what you don't need or no longer use.
- Share with Care: Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what a post reveals,who might see it and how it might affect you or others.Consider creating an alternate persona that you use for online profiles to limit how much of your own personal information you share.
- Think Before You Click: If you receive an enticing offer via emailor text,don't be so quick to click on the link.Instead,go directly to the company's website to verify it is legitimate.If you're unsure who an emailis from-even if the details appear accurate-or if the email looks "phishy," do not respond and do not click on any links or open any attachments found in that emailas they may be infected with malware.
- When In Doubt, Throw It Out: Links in email, tweets, texts, posts, social media messages and online advertising are the easiest way for cyber criminals to get your sensitive information.Be wary of clicking on links or downloading anything that comes from a stranger or that you were not expecting. When available,use the "junk" or "block" option to no longer receive messages from a particular sender. Don't trust those links.
- Lock Down Your Login: Create long and unique passphrases for all accounts and use multifactor authentication (MFA) wherever possible.MFA will fortify your online accounts by enabling the strongest authentication tools available, such as biometrics or a unique one-time code sent to your phone or mobile device.Use password managers to generate and remember different, complex passwords for each of your accounts.
- Get Savvy about WiFi Hot Spots: Public wireless networks and hotspots are not secure,which means that anyone could potentially see what you are doing on your laptop or smartphone while you are connected to them.Limit what you do on public WiFi,and avoid logging in to key accounts like email and bank accounts.Consider using a virtual private network (VPN) or a personal/mobile hotspot if you need a more secure connection.
- Keep a Clean Machine: Keep all software on internet connected devices - including personal computers, smartphones and tablets - current to reduce risk of infection from ransomware and malware.Configure your devices to automatically update or to notify you when an update is available.
- Own Your Online Prescence: Every time you sign up for a new account,download a new app,or get a new device,immediately configure the privacy and security settings to your comfort level for information sharing. Regularly check these settings (at least once a year) to make sure they are still configured to your comfort.