Security Awareness

Security Is Our Shared Responsibility

Kick off your 2017 security awareness communication planning with the calendar and ready-made content below.

Using National Cyber Security Awareness Month and the Annual Campus 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.

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 campaign includes 12 Security Matters column blog posts on the 2017 monthly topics with ready-made content for your campus communication channels (linked below).

How to Use the Campaign Materials

The campaign provides monthly security awareness topics that information 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 students, faculty, 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. 

2017 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.

Note: Twelve new guest blogs with customizable content are now available for your 2017 planning purposes! The 2016 content is still available, as well.

  1. January 2017: Keep What's Private, Private #Privacy #PrivacyAware #CyberAware
  2. February 2017: Learn What It Takes to Refuse the Phishing Bait! #Phishing #CyberAware
  3. March 2017: Security Tips for Traveling at Home and Abroad #SafeTravels #CyberAware
  4. April 2017: Don't Be Fooled! Protect Yourself and Your Identity #IdentityTheft #CyberAware
  5. May 2017: Step Up to Stronger Passwords #StrongPasswords #CyberAware
  6. June 2017: Basic Steps to Online Safety and Security #CyberAware
  7. July 2017: Think You've Been Hacked? Here's How to Shake It Off! #Hacked #CyberAware
  8. August 2017: Are You Practicing Safe Social Networking? #CyberAware #PrivacyAware
  9. September 2017: Avoiding Ransomware Attacks #Phishing #Ransomware #CyberAware
  10. October 2017: Information Security is Our Responsibility (NCSAM) #CyberAware #PrivacyAware
  11. November 2017: Career Paths in Cybersecurity #InfoSecJobs #CyberAware
  12. December 2017: Your Mobile Devices Won't Secure Themselves! #MobileSecurity #CyberAware

2016 Security Awareness Blog Posts

  1. January 2016: Guard Your Privacy Online #Privacy
  2. February 2016: Guard Your Privacy When Offline or Traveling #Privacy
  3. March 2016: Securing Mobile Devices #MobileSecurity
  4. April 2016: Don’t Get Hooked #Phishing
  5. May 2016: Preventing Device Theft #PhysicalSecurity
  6. June 2016: Tunnel Into Secure Computing with VPN #VPN
  7. July 2016: What’s Your Personal Backup Plan? #StolenDevice
  8. August 2016: Online Safety and Security #SafeBrowsing
  9. September 2016: Will Your Password be Unbroken? #StrongPasswords
  10. October 2016: Information Security: Everyone’s Responsibility #CyberAware
  11. November 2016: Identity Theft—It Could Happen to You #IdentityTheft
  12. December 2016: Managing Your Online Reputation #SocialMediaSafety

Quick Tip: Initiate a Twitter Campaign Geared Toward Your Audience

  1. 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.
  2. 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! 
  3. 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.
  4. Point to additional resources with more information. (Consider linking to the SANS Security Awareness Tip of the Day.)
  5. Host a Twitter Chat or participate in the #ChatSTC Twitter chats.
  6. Follow the Twitter feeds of other information security departments for ideas, including: RIT Info Sec and ISG @ Brown.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

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 and education on campuses around the globe.

>> Read the NCSAM 2016 highlights.

We will share ways to show your institution's support for NCSAM 2017 next summer, so please stay tuned! For additional resources, visit STOP.THINK.CONNECT. and StaySafeOnline.org. And don't forget to show your support for Data Privacy Day on January 28.

Visit the Security Awareness Resource Library to learn more.

Security Matters Guest Blogs

Get the latest on information security, privacy, and risk in higher ed. View Security Matters guest blogs from community members plus EDUCAUSE, Internet2, and REN-ISAC staff. 

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NCSAM 2016 Webinar

A recording, transcript, and slides are available for the October 11, 2016 EDUCAUSE Live! webinar with Lance Spitzner and Dr. Johannes Ullrich.

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