K-State faculty and staff who haven’t completed the state-mandated annual Cybersecurity Awareness Training for 2019 will receive a reminder on Thursday, January 23.
This training introduces basic computer security concepts and good security practices and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
Cybersecurity awareness training is an important part of K-State’s strategy to protect our information systems and data. “We ALL have a responsibility to protect the information assets entrusted to us. Everyone at K-State serves a critical role in protecting K-State data”, said Chad Currier, K-State’s chief information security officer.
Once you complete the training, your personnel record in HRIS will be updated. It will be listed under the Training Summary as Cybersecurity Awareness, with the course code WIT590.
If you have questions about the security awareness training, contact the IT Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 532-7722.
What is Top Hat?
Top Hat is a classroom engagement system that has been integrated with K-State’s Canvas. Many instructors are using the platform in their classrooms this spring through the use of quick questions and discussions to increase student participation and engagement and receive real-time feedback. The questions and attendance scores can automatically be tracked and synced into Canvas.
K-State has signed an agreement with Top Hat to provide a lower fee structure for students, who can purchase a $24 semester subscription with access to all courses using Top Hat within the semester.
Who is the Top Hat Info Session for?
This session is for:
- Instructors who have not yet seen or heard about the platform
- Instructors who did not have time in the past to take a look at the platform
- Instructors who are not sure yet of how they can use active learning platform in class
- Instructors who want to hear from K-State faculty’s experience using the platform
When is the Top Hat Info Session taking place?
Amanda Laila, the K-State Top Hat Consultant will run the information session on Wednesday, January 15, 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Big 12 room, K-State Student Union.
Submit your registration.
Participants will learn how to create an active learning environment in the classroom by implementing core Top Hat functionalities in order to boost student engagement, participation and motivation.
Eligibility: All faculty members (tenured, tenure-track, or term) and staff with a teaching role who have a genuine interest in learning about and building on their current Top Hat knowledge are encouraged to attend. This event is limited to 25 individuals, who will be selected on the first come-first served basis.
Would you like a one-on-one Top Hat training?
On November 14, the AnyConnect VPN will be retired. K-Staters who use AnyConnect as their VPN client need to switch to GlobalProtect.
GlobalProtect is currently available for both Mac and Windows platforms. GlobalProtect will be available later this year for Linux computers, smartphones, and tablets.
For more information about the VPN visit: https://www.k-state.edu/its/security/secure-data/vpn/
Microsoft Teams is a communication and collaboration tool that allows users and organizations to efficiently discuss and work on projects and tasks without the need of email, phones, or file sharing applications. This hands-on training will cover:
- Accessing the application
- Exploring the layout of the user interface
- Understanding the purpose for the different levels of communication
- Working on files at the same time as others
- Getting an introduction to some of the additional apps
- Demonstrating the integration to other Microsoft Office applications (such as Word and Excel)
- Getting a brief walk-through of Shifts (scheduling)
More advanced features like Team creation and management will not be covered in this course.
Each training session will be limited to 30 users. Sessions will be held in Calvin 306 computer lab. Sessions are scheduled for the following dates:
- Session 1: November 4, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
- Session 2: November 7, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
- Session 3: November 7, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
There will also be onsite training classes at the Polytechnic Campus on November 5 in STC-124. These training sessions will be limited to 20 users. Sessions are scheduled for the following date and times:
- Session 1S: November 5, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
- Session 2S: November 5, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Register for the training.
Departments: This is a last call for an easy way to securely dispose of your paper records. Shred Day is 8:30–11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23. Call iTAC by Friday, Oct. 18 to schedule a pickup: 785-532-4918.
For details, see Fall 2019 Shred Day is October 23 article.
Today’s technology allows us to connect around the world, to bank and shop online, and to control our televisions, homes, and cars from our smartphones. With this added convenience comes an increased risk of identity theft and Internet scams. #BeCyberSmart on the Internet—at home, at school, at work, on mobile devices, and on the go.
DID YOU KNOW?
- The total number of data breaches reported in 2018 decreased 23% from the total number of breaches reported in 2017, but the reported number of consumer records containing sensitive personally identifiable information (PII) exposed increased 126%.
- Credit card fraud tops the list of identity theft reports in 2018. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received more than 167,000 reports from people who said their information was misused on an existing account or to open a new credit card account.
- Consumers reported $905 million in total fraud losses in 2017, a 21.6% increase over 2016.
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In a world where we are constantly connected, cybersecurity cannot be limited to the home or office. When you’re traveling— whether domestic or international—it is always important to practice safe online behavior and take proactive steps to secure Internet-enabled devices. The more we travel, the more we are at risk for cyberattacks. #BeCyberSmart and use these tips to connect with confidence while on the go.
SIMPLE TIPS TO OWN IT.
Before You Go
- If you connect, you must protect. Whether it’s your computer, smartphone, game device, or other network devices, the best defense against viruses and malware is to update to the latest security software, web browser, and operating systems. Sign up for automatic updates, if you can, and protect your devices with anti-virus software.
- Back up your information. Back up your contacts, financial data, photos, videos, and other mobile device data to another device or cloud service in case your device is compromised and you have to reset it to factory settings.
- Be up-to-date. Keep your software updated to the latest version available. Maintain your security settings to keeping your information safe by turning on automatic updates so you don’t have to think about it, and set your security software to run regular scans.
- Keep it locked. Lock your device when you are not using it. Even if you only step away for a few minutes, that is enough time for someone to steal or misuse your information. Set your devices to lock after a short time and use strong PINs and passwords.
- Double your login protection. Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) to ensure that the only person who has access to your account is you. Use it for email, banking, social media, and any other service that requires logging in. If MFA is an option, enable it by using a trusted mobile device, such as your smartphone, an authenticator app, or a secure token—a small physical device that can hook onto your key ring.
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