Security and Compliance

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month! National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.

Cybersecurity Awareness at Michigan Tech

NSCAM Champion

All month long we'll be sharing tips on how to stay safe online. Cybersecurity is not only critical for keeping Michigan Tech's data safe, but for keeping you safe at home, too.

Cybersecurity awareness doesn't end when October is over! Check out the SANS Security Awareness Tip of the Day web page for more tips on staying safe and secure.

Week 1 

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Cybercriminals love it when you overshare on social media – they can learn all about you! #BeCyberSmart and make it harder for them by avoiding posting real names, places you frequent and home, school and work locations. #CyberAware 

1. Halloween, 2. Pumpkin Spice Lattes, 3. Cyber Security Awareness Month, 4 cookies total, 3 ghost one that says boo

October = #PSL + #Halloween + National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. What are you doing to keep the internet safer and more secure? #BeCyberSmart #CyberAware

Older man sitter at a desk on a computer with an woman watching what is he doing.

Your Personal Information is Like Money. #BeCyberSmart about where you're sharing it, who you're sharing it with, and how it's being used. #CyberAware

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Browsing on your mobile device? Make sure it's not running suspicious #apps or using permissions you didn't realize you approved. #BeCyberSmart #CyberAware

Cybersecurity practices are like sunscreen—sometimes messy to apply but worth it to keep from getting burned. #infosec #staysafeonline #CyberAware

Image of long haired figure holding a key with "Update your privacy settings. Personal information is like money. Value it. Protect it."

#BeCyberSmart Rules for Keeping Tabs on Your #Apps: 1) Delete apps you don’t need or no longer use. 2) Review app permissions. Say "No" to any that don't make sense. 3) Only download apps from trusted sources. #CyberAware

Week 2

It's a Team Effort! Help keep our information at Michigan Tech secure

Data stored on personal and professional devices can provide cybercriminals with all the information they need. Payroll, payment card information, and health information are only a few examples of the information stored within these computer systems. Properly securing this data is important.

Cybersecurity is a team effort. The IT Team Can’t Do It Alone recommends ways to strengthen cybersecurity. These efforts will only be successful when all members of the campus community understand the risks and take steps to avoid them. 

Passphrases and Securing Your Accounts

Passphrases are like keys to your personal home online. You should do everything you can prevent people from gaining access to your passphrase. You can further secure your accounts by using additional authentication methods.

Read helpful ways to stay safe online in Passphrases and Securing Your Accounts.

Week 3

Google cybersecurity checkups

Did you know Google offers cybersecurity checkups for their services? Use Google's Security Checkup to review your account and see if any security gaps require attention. Reports will display about your devices used for sign-in, verification methods, third party access information, and recent security events. They even assist with completing areas that will strengthen your account’s security.

Also check out: Google's tips to help you stay more secure online

Make your password something memorable

Passwords are something you use almost every day, from accessing your email or banking online to purchasing goods or accessing your smartphone.  However, passwords are also one of your weakest points; if someone learns or guesses your password they can access your accounts as you, allowing them to transfer your money, read your emails, or steal your identity.

That is why strong passwords are essential to protecting yourself. However, passwords have typically been confusing, hard to remember, and difficult to type. In SANS' Ouch! Newsletter: Passphrases, you will learn how to create strong passwords, called passphrases, that are easy for you to remember and simple to type.