As it has done for several years, the SANS Internet Storm Center (ISC) participates in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month each October by posting daily IT security tips. This year, the tips focus on “securing the human” in recognition of the critical role people play in an organization’s security posture, as well as protecting your personal information and that of your family at home.
The daily tips will be organized into four categories:
- Week One (Oct. 1-9): Parents and extended family
- Week Two (Oct. 10-16): Children, schools, and young friends
- Week Three (Oct. 17-23): Bosses
- Week Four (Oct. 24-31: Co-workers
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October marks the sixth annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security. The theme for 2009 is “Our Shared Responsibility” to reinforce the message that all computer users, not just your IT support staff or industry and government, have a responsibility to protect themselves, their colleagues, family members, and K-State’s valuable information and technology resources.
Even though it’s late in the month, familiarizing oneself with cybersecurity risks and best practices is something everyone needs to do continually, not just one time a year. In conjunction with NCSAM, K-State’s IT security team hosted a Regents-wide IT security training event Oct. 5 in the K-State Student Union. PowerPoints from the presentations are available on the event website. Most presentations apply directly to K-State, so visit the website to learn about a variety of topics with offerings for both less technical and more technical audiences.
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