Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.

The National Cyber Security Alliance, in partnership with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), encourages all users to own their role in protecting connected devices.

Cybersecurity Awareness at Michigan Tech

Every aspect of our lives seems to be impacted by the internet—from the devices we use to chat with our friends, the apps we use to buy our groceries, and the online classrooms we use for learning. Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks.

Each October, Information Technology joins the National Cyber Security Alliance and the CISA to raise awareness for cybersecurity. This year’s campaign theme is “See Yourself in Cyber.” Cybersecurity may seem like a complex subject, but ultimately, it’s all about people. We’ll share tips and information to help you make smart decisions about cybersecurity at work, home, and school.

The learning doesn't end when October is over! Check out the SANS Security Awareness Tip of the Day webpage for more tips on staying safe and secure.

See Yourself in Cyber - Software Updates

One of the easiest ways to keep your information secure is to keep your software and apps updated. 

Update often

Always keep your software updated when updates becomes available and don’t delay. These updates fix general software problems and provide new security patches where criminals might get in. You can be sure the bad guys are always looking for new ways to get to your data through software, so updating your software is an easy way to stay a step ahead.

Get it from the source

When downloading a software update, only get it from the company that created it. Never use a hacked, pirated or unlicensed versions of software (even if your friend gave it to you). These often contain malware and cause more problems than they solve. 

Make it automatic

Software from legitimate companies usually provide an option to update your software automatically. When there’s an update available, it gives a reminder so you can easily start the process. If you can’t automatically update it, remind yourself to check quarterly if an update is available.

Watch for fakes!

Maybe you’ve seen these pop-up windows when visiting a website or opening software that urgently asks you to download something or fill out a form? These are always fake and should not be followed. A browser will only warn you not to move forward or stay on a specific web address because it might not be secured or it could contain malware.

Help us keep your campus computer up to date

If you have a fully-managed Michigan Tech computer, it's very easy to stay current. Michigan Tech IT automatically updates the operating system, firmware, and selected software during our weekly maintenance window (Thursdays 2:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m. EST). You can make sure your system stays current by logging off of your device each Wednesday evening and keep the device on and connected to the network.

Michigan Tech IT automatically configures security settings to apply standard workstation security, such as the system firewall, logging, encryption, screen locking, and remote management/assistance for IT staff.

Stay safe! If you have any questions about cybersecurity, please email us at or call 906-487-1111. 

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