Awareness Campaigns

Prepare for and promote your next information security and privacy awareness campaign.


When it comes to information security and privacy, everyone at your institution plays a part. Below, you'll find resources and toolkits to help individuals across your organization stay safe online and learn about and better understand cybersecurity and data privacy.


Cybersecurity Awareness Tools and Resources

Whether it's cybersecurity experts or everyday users not as familiar with information security best practices, we understand the importance of helping inform—and remind—all of your colleagues about this important topic.

To make it easier for you to raise awareness, find ready-made content below that you can utilize year-round, as well as during Cybersecurity Awareness Month each October.


 

Learn from Your Peers
Learn about Texas A&M's successful cybersecurity awareness campaigns for students.


Data Privacy Awareness Tools and Resources

Helping inform and encourage individuals across your campus to respect data privacy, safeguard data, and enable trust may also be an important part of your awareness campaigns.

To make it easier for you to educate your campus community, find free resources and promotionals tools below that you can utilize year-round, as well as on Data Privacy Day on January 28 each year.

 

Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October 2020 Toolkit: Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart

Spearheaded by the US Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a collaborative effort to ensure that everyone has the resources they need to stay safe online.

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.

To prepare for Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2020, become a Cybersecurity Awareness Month Champion for special access to a toolkit of materials to help you implement your own cyber awareness initiatives and activities this October.

The toolkit includes:

  • A guide with key messages, tips, potential topics for discussion to consider as part of your efforts this October, and more
  • A template press release to announce you or your organization's Champion status
  • A template email to send to your colleagues about your involvement in Cybersecurity Awareness Month and how they can get involved too
  • A PowerPoint presentation template to use during your events or training sessions
  • Pre-drafted social media posts and graphics for Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn
  • Cybersecurity Awareness Month logo and branding and messaging guidelines

It's free and easy to sign up online. Join your peers and be recognized on NCSA's website.


BECOME A CHAMPION

Year-Round Campus Security Awareness Campaign Materials

We recognize raising information security awareness is a year-round endeavor. To more easily support your efforts, you can leverage our Campus Security Awareness Campaign resources created by the HEISC Awareness and Training Community Group with support from our partners.

This campaign provides monthly security awareness topics that information security professionals and IT communicators can integrate into campus communications—helping create a steady stream of privacy and security awareness information for students, faculty, and staff. 

The campaign includes:

  • 12 blog posts that you can quickly and easily adapt for your campus awareness program, using the pre-written content for a blog/column, in a newsletter, on a website, or in your organization's social media channels
  • Additional resources linked to from each blog, such as posters, videos, and external references

One new blog post will be written and published each month through December. Access them below.


ACCESS THE CAMPAIGN

Additional Resources & Tips

There are a variety of ways you can stay informed and get involved in raising information security awareness across your campus, as well as a vast collection of tools and resources available for you to develop or enhance your awareness campaigns. Explore what's available below.


National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA)


STOP.THINK.CONNECT.
Find free resources from STOP.THINK.CONNECT.


EDUCAUSE Information Security Guide


Using Twitter in Your Security Awareness Communications?

  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. For example, "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. For example, "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 on 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.

Data Privacy Day

January 28: #PrivacyAware Toolkit

In partnership with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and many other Data Privacy Day Champions, EDUCAUSE celebrates Data Privacy Day on January 28.

Every year, we encourage the higher education community to use NCSA’s free resources and promotional tools to help ensure our campus communities are respecting privacy, safeguarding data, and enabling trust.

To prepare for Data Privacy Day, become a Data Privacy Day Champion for special access to a toolkit of resources to help you get the word out.

The toolkit includes:

  • A guide to Data Privacy Day 2021 and ways to get involved
  • A Champion icon you can post on your website and include in other promotional materials
  • Sample social media posts and graphics
  • A sample email for employees/community members
  • A sample PowerPoint presentation on Data Privacy Day
  • A Data Privacy Day poster

It’s free and easy to sign up online. Join your peers and be recognized on NCSA’s website.


BECOME A CHAMPION

Additional Resources & Tips

There are a variety of ways you can stay informed and get involved in raising data privacy awareness across your campus, as well as a vast collection of tools and resources available for you to develop or enhance your awareness campaigns. Explore what’s available below.

EDUCAUSE Content & Resources


National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA)


Using Social Media to Help Raise Awareness?

Include #PrivacyAware when sharing privacy tips or resources.