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

October is cybersecurity awareness month. Be smart, and do your part.

Though right now we may be socially distant from others, we are more connected than ever before. 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 theme is "Do your part. #BeCyberSmart." All month long we'll be sharing tips here on safe online security practices. Cybersecurity is not only critical for keeping Michigan Tech's data safe, but for keeping us safe at home, too.

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.

If You Connect It, Protect It

In this video, Chief Information Security Officer David Hale talks about passwords, how to manage them, and how to make sites you use even more secure with multi-factor authentication.

Password security

This video by Adobe, National Cyber Security Alliance, and Speechless is about password security. Watch this fun, short clip on how to set a strong password and a secure way to keep track of all the passwords we use everyday.

Check out the Cyber Security Alliance blog for more information on password security.

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.

Data Handling

These days, sharing information is quick and easy with the online tools we have at our disposal. Because of this, it's even more critical to make sure we're following secure practices when we share data, especially when it's private, sensitive, or confidential.

When sharing sensitive data, apply this one best practice to help keep it more secure – only share on a need-to-know basis.

The following video by Adobe, National Cyber Security Alliance, and Speechless is about the data we share.

Read more at this accompanying blog post on data handling by the National Cybersecurity Alliance.

Computer Theft

Many of us can relate to that sinking feeling of dread that you have when you've lost something, especially when it's your mobile phone or computer. In addition to losing the object, you also have to account for the data stored on your device, which can cause more damage than losing the item itself. Learn how to build good security habits the latest video on computer theft. For more information, check out the accompanying blog post by the National Cybersecurity Alliance.