Security and Compliance

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month! National Cyber Security 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.

Cyber Security Awareness at Michigan Tech

NSCAM Champion

Michigan Tech is a proud champion of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). All month long we'll be sharing tips on how to stay safe online. Cyber security is not only critical for keeping Michigan Tech's data safe, but for keeping you safe at home, too.

Cyber Security 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 One—Make your home a haven for online safety

Keep kids safe online

Our kids interact with technology everyday—at school and at home. Keeping them safe means educating them (and ourselves) so that they made good decisions when they're online.
P.S.—Even if you aren't a parent, there are some helpful tips on online behavior and safety!

SANS - Securing Today's Online Kids

SANS - Educating Kids on Cyber Safety

The Concerned Parent’s Toolbox – Tools and Tricks to Protect Your Kids

US-CERT: Keeping Children Safe Online

Protect your home network and devices

Not only is a secure wireless network important, but everything we attach to it needs to be secure, too. Learn how to set up a strong password, Dos and Don'ts for setting up your wireless network, and what to do if you DO get hacked.

Creating a Cybersecure Home

Internet of Things (IoT)

We're not just connecting computers to our wireless networks anymore. In an age where everything can be controlled—from our thermostats to lightbulbs to home security systems—what do we need to look out for to keep our devices safe? 

SANS - Smart Home Devices

Week Two—Careers in Cyber Security 

Job shortages in Cyber Security

Cyber security professionals, or information security analysts, protect a company or organization's data and network.  Cyber security jobs are in high demand right now, and there are a wide range of careers. This is a great time to consider a career in cyber security. 

Career Paths in Cyber Security

The 5 Most in Demand Cyber Security Jobs of 2018

Educating for a career in Cyber Security

Learn about Michigan Tech Alumni who are currently working in cyber security careers.

Cyber Security Careers—Michigan Tech Alumni

Week Three—It's everyone's job to ensure online safety at work

Information security and online safety is a shared effort in the workplace. Everyone has a part to play in reporting suspicious activity such as phishing email and fraud.

Google Drive safety

Take advantage of the Security Checkup feature to help secure your Michigan Tech Google account

Google: Tips to help you stay more secure online

Phishing emails and websites

Phishing emails are one of the largest threats that result in compromised accounts, check out these tips on how to spot a phishing email and stay safe online: 

Educause—Don't Let a Phishing Scam Reel You In

Passwords and Two-step

Use of stolen passwords is the #1 most commonly used attacker technique. Use passphrases and two-step verification to keep your account safe.

Week Four—Safeguarding the nation's critical infrastructure

Since this week’s NCSAM theme is safeguarding the nation’s critical infrastructure, we want to highlight a few articles regarding the vulnerabilities in our power grid and other critical infrastructure.

Presidential Policy Directive 21 focuses on strengthening the security and resiliency of our critical infrastructure. The DHS has more information and guidance for each sector of critical infrastructure at: Critical Infrastructure Sectors.

Critical infrastructure is vulnerable to attack?

Is the power grid more vulnerable?