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Get involved with National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)

October marks the fourteenth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security. The goal of NCSAM is to increase the awareness of the cyber security landscape and to bring awareness to various strategies we all can use to keep our information protected. It is our shared responsibility to protect ourselves, our colleagues, our family members, and K-State’s valuable information and technology resources.

In this video, President Myers weighs in on the importance of cyber security to stay safe online.

Information Technology Services is sponsoring various events and activities throughout the month of October including:

  • Conducting presentations/training.
  • Hosting a poster/video contest for students with cash prizes.
  • Sharing tips and best practices via K-State Today, Twitter and Facebook.
  • Hosting Shred Day.
  • Encouraging the campus to participate by spreading the word of how to stay safe online.


  • October 3, 2-3 p.m. – Twitter Chats (#ChatSTC)Join Twitter chat events throughout the month. Use #ChatSTC to join! The first chat, “A Global Kickoff to Cyber Security Awareness Month.
  • October 4, 1-1:30 p.m., Zoom webconference – State of IT Security presentation — Dr. Betsy Draper will discuss what K-State does to promote a secure IT environment and recent IT security events, such as the Equifax security breach.
  • October 17, 8:30-11 a.m. – Shred Day – Get sensitive papers picked up and shredded. Free service for Manhattan and Salina campus departments.
  • October 24, 5-6 p.m.,  K-State Student Union 207 – Phishing Scams Awareness Training – Vernon Turner will share how K-State central IT processes security risks like phishing scams and cover ways to stay safe.

How can you get involved?

  • Attend presentations and trainings.
  • Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Use the hashtag #CyberAware where appropriate when sharing security tips.
  • Participate in the video/poster contest (students).
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Send any questions or suggestions about NCASM to Cathy Rodrigeuz (cathyr@k-state.edu) See the K-State It Security Awareness Month web page to keep up-to-date on the latest details.