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Using National Cyber Security Awareness Month and the Annual Security Awareness Campaign as a framework, the HEISC Awareness and Training Working Group supports higher education security professionals and IT communicators in their efforts to educate campus end users. 

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Cyber Security Is Our Shared Responsibility

NCSAM Champion

National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a collaborative effort to ensure everyone has the resources they need to stay safe online. NCSAM is spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). EDUCAUSE and the higher education information security community participate in the annual campaign each October, joining forces with a range of organizations to expand cybersecurity awareness on campuses across the country. Read the NCSAM 2015 highlights.

Ways to Show Your Institution's Support

Annual Campus Security Awareness Campaign

The Campus Security Awareness Campaign is a framework designed to support security professionals and IT communicators as they develop or enhance their own security awareness plans. The HEISC Awareness and Training Working Group will provide:


Note: 2017 topics and 12 new guest blogs will be posted here in November.

How to Use the Campaign Materials

The campaign calendar provides monthly security awareness topics that security professionals and IT communicators can integrate into campus communications. Using the additional ready-made content below, you can create a steady stream of privacy and security awareness information for faculty, students, and staff. Adapt the content to make it work with your current plans and campus needs—promote each suggested topic monthly or use a 90-day awareness plan to promote a group of topics quarterly. 

Monthly Security Awareness Blog Posts

Each blog is written with end users in mind so you can quickly and easily adapt content for your campus awareness program, whether it’s using the pre-written content for a blog, newsletter, or website, or sharing suggested resources as tweets or Facebook posts. Additional resources, including posters, videos, and external references, are also provided. If you plan to create new materials, visit our Cybersecurity Awareness Resource Library for inspiration. 

  1. January: Guard Your Privacy Online #Privacy
  2. February: Guard Your Privacy When Offline or Traveling #Privacy
  3. March: Securing Mobile Devices #MobileSecurity
  4. April: Don’t Get Hooked #Phishing
  5. May: Preventing Device Theft #PhysicalSecurity
  6. June: Tunnel Into Secure Computing with VPN #VPN
  7. July: What’s Your Personal Backup Plan? #StolenDevice
  8. August: Online Safety and Security #SafeBrowsing
  9. September: Will Your Password be Unbroken? #StrongPasswords
  10. October: Information Security: Everyone’s Responsibility #CyberAware
  11. November: Identity Theft—It Could Happen to You #IdentityTheft
  12. December: Managing Your Online Reputation #SocialMediaSafety


Quick Tip: Initiate a Twitter Campaign Geared Toward Your Audience

  • Set context for how your campus is celebrating the monthly or quarterly topics. Use a consistent hashtag for each month or for the entire year.
    • Ex. Learn how to protect your online privacy this January. Follow our @OurCollegeName #Privacy tweets for tips throughout the month.
  • Consider Tweets that start a conversation and be prepared to respond.
    • Ex. Online gaming, shopping, and surfing put you at risk. Have a #Privacy question? We want to help you protect yourself. ASK AWAY!
  • Share tips on the monthly security awareness topic a regular basis. Pick a day of the week to share tips or spread them out. Help set expectations by including hashtags like #CyberSelfDefense #Friday.
  • Point to additional resources with more information. (consider linking to SANS tip of the day)
  • Host a Twitter Chat
  • Follow the Twitter feeds of other information security departments for ideas, including:


Get additional resources from NCSA websites Stop.Think.Connect. and

Visit the Security Awareness Resource Library to learn more.


NCSAM Kickoff Webinar

Top Attack Techniques, Top Human Risks, and How to Create a Cyberaware Culture, free EDUCAUSE Live! webinar on October 11, 2016 (1-2 pm ET) with Lance Spitzner and Dr. Johannes Ullrich



Security Matters Guest Blogs

Get the latest on information security, privacy, and risk in higher ed. View Security Matters guest blogs from community members and EDUCAUSE security staff. 


Considering Video?

Check out the Student Video Contest resources. Whether you're inspired to host a contest of your own or integrate video into your awareness campaign, we hope you see the undeniable power of student-to-student messaging.


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