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Oct. is Nat'l. Cyber Security Awareness Month
As co-chair of the EDUCAUSE & Internet2 Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC), and on behalf of my partners in CIO â€œangst reductionâ€â€”HEISC co-chairs Dave Swartz (outgoing) and Michele Norin (incoming)â€”I am pleased to remind all of you that October marks the annual observance of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).
The security and privacy of data, mobile devices, information systems, and campus networks has been an important focus of HEISC for almost a decade now. While much progress has been made, much more work remains to be done as colleges and universities seek to reduce risks and improve cyber security measures, including the raising of awareness of students, faculty, staff, and administrators. To that end, HEISC partners annually in October with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and other public/private partners to promote cyber security awareness.
Below are a few suggestions from HEISC for how you can show your support while creating a culture of cyber safety and security at your institution:
Â· Hold cybersecurity awareness events on your campus during October and throughout the year. For more information, consult HEISCâ€™s National Cyber Security Awareness Month Resource Kit: http://tinyurl.com/NCSAMresourcekit
Â· Participate in the October 4 EDUCAUSE Live! webcast (1-2 pm EDT), â€œCybersecurity as a Shared Responsibility: Stop, Think, and Connectâ€: http://net.educause.edu/live1127
Â· Conduct a cybersecurity awareness or training session for the staff in your IT organization
Â· Get involved in the Stop.Think.Connect. campaign, which offers a free online toolkit containing downloadable materials and links to additional resources: http://www.dhs.gov/files/events/stop-think-connect.shtm
Â· Become a Champion of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, demonstrating that your institution is among the broad number of organizations committed to cyber security: http://www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam
Â· Use National Cyber Security Awareness Month web banners on your website and link directly to StaySafeOnline.org: http://www.staysafeonline.org/cybersecurity-awareness-month/banners-and-more
Â· Join HEISC at EDUCAUSE 2011 for a number of events in support of NCSAM: http://www.educause.edu/E2011
Leadership matters and I hope you will join us doing in our part as CIOs to increase awareness and improve cyber security on each of our campuses and across the higher education community. In the interest of protecting our constituents and institutional reputations as well as the economic and national security of the nation, this month serves to remind us that cyber security awareness is Our Shared Responsibility.
Co-Chair, EDUCAUSE & Internet2 Higher Education Information Security Council
Vice Chancellor for IT and CIO
UNC Chapel Hill