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Take the K-State IT Security Awareness training and earn pocket points

The Student Technology Committee and Information Technology Services have developed IT Security Awareness Training for students. Information to complete the training was sent to your K-State email on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Please take a minute to review the information and complete the 13-item quiz. If you complete the training, you will receive pocket points.

K-State Security Awareness Training for Students

IT Security is a shared responsibility and our way to help K-Staters remain safe online.

Thank you for doing your part.

Andrew McKittrick
Chair Student Technology Committee

Cybersecurity: It’s not all about YOU, but it’s close

Editor’s note: October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). This is part of an IT security series during October to help K-Staters protect themselves, their data, and their money.

Tip

Be suspicious.
By using common sense, you can spot and stop most attacks.

You are the one. Technology alone will never be able to fully protect you. Attackers have learned that the easiest way to bypass even the most advanced security technology is by attacking YOU.

If they want your password, credit card, or personal data, the easiest thing for them to do is to trick you into giving them this information.

 


Examples

  • They might phone and say, “Hello, this is Microsoft tech support. Your computer is infected.” In reality, they are just cybercriminals who want you to give them access to your computer.
  • They might email and say, “Your package could not be delivered. Please click on a link to confirm your mailing address.” In reality, they want to trick you into visiting a malicious website that will hack into your computer.

This is how attacks such as Ransomware or CEO Fraud start. Ultimately, the greatest defense against attackers is you.

Excerpted with permission from the OUCH! newsletter’s “Four Steps to Staying Secure” at securingthehuman.sans.org.

Oct. 31: Student cyber security awareness poster and video contest deadline

Win prizes, gain experience, earn recognition!

Tuesday, Oct. 31 is the deadline for submitting entries into the video and poster contest. Prizes will be awarded for first ($200) and two honorable mentions ($25) in both video and poster categories for a total of six prizes in the form of Visa gift cards. Entries may be featured on K-State’s websites, social media, and in security awareness campaigns.

See the contest website for rules and submission details. If you have any questions, contact the IT Help Desk (heldesk@k-state.edu).

Winners will be notified by Nov. 14.

 

Week 4 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and each week has a key security theme and related tips. K-State has activities planned throughout the month, in addition to national online events. 

This week’s NCSAM theme is The Internet Wants You: Consider a Career in Cybersecurity. “A highly skilled and motivated cybersecurity workforce is just as critical to the internet’s future as new and emerging technologies,” said Michael Kaiser, NCSA’s executive director. “A career protecting the internet ‒ a global resource we all share ‒ can be extremely rewarding, matched with interests in a specific sector like finance, health or government and highly portable, as industries around the globe need competent help.” If you haven’t thought about a cybersecurity career, here are some things to consider.

NSCAM Twitter chats: Use #ChatSTC to join!

  • Thursday, Oct. 26, 2-3 p.m. — The Internet Wants You – Consider a Career in Cybersecurity
    A key risk to our economy and security is the shortage of cybersecurity professionals to protect our extensive networks. Week 4 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is all about growing the next generation of a skilled cyber workforce. In this NCSAM Twitter chat, we’ll discuss the many exciting and rewarding opportunities in the field of cybersecurity and provide tips and resources for both new and seasoned professionals looking to gain cybersecurity expertise. Use #ChatSTC to join STOP.THINK.CONNECT Twitter Chats throughout October!

 

 

Week 3 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and each week has a key security theme and related tips. K-State has activities planned throughout the month, in addition to national online events. 

This third week, the theme is “Today’s Predictions for Tomorrow’s Internet“. The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to expand as more of our “things”—in our homes, our cars, and our pockets or purses—include chips, tags, or sensors that are ready to connect to the digital world. There’s no denying that new devices are fun, but while there are more opportunities to interact with people, share information, and stay connected, we also need to be aware of the risks these things may introduce.

NSCAM Twitter chats: Use #ChatSTC to join!

  • Thursday, Oct. 12, 2-3 p.m. — Cybersecurity in the Workplace Is Everyone’s Business
    Whatever your place of business, creating a culture of cybersecurity is an essential shared responsibility among leadership and all employees. Every organization needs a plan for employee education, training and awareness that emphasizes risk management, resistance and resilience. This Twitter chat will showcase how all businesses can protect themselves, their employees and their customers against the most common cyber threats and strengthen their cyber resilience. Use #ChatSTC to join STOP.THINK.CONNECT Twitter Chats throughout October!

 

 

Week 2 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and each week has a key security theme and related tips. K-State has activities planned throughout the month, in addition to national online events. 

This second week, the theme is “Cybersecurity in the Workplace is Everyone’s Business”.  Stay tuned for tips on how to protect yourself against the most common cyber threats.

NSCAM Twitter chats: Use #ChatSTC to join!

  • Thursday, Oct. 12, 2-3 p.m. — Cybersecurity in the Workplace Is Everyone’s Business
    Whatever your place of business, creating a culture of cybersecurity is an essential shared responsibility among leadership and all employees. Every organization needs a plan for employee education, training and awareness that emphasizes risk management, resistance and resilience. This Twitter chat will showcase how all businesses can protect themselves, their employees and their customers against the most common cyber threats and strengthen their cyber resilience. Use #ChatSTC to join STOP.THINK.CONNECT Twitter Chats throughout October!

 

 

Fall 2017 Shred Day is Tuesday, Oct. 17

Shred Day is scheduled 8:30-11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, to properly dispose of university paper records on the Manhattan and Salina campuses.

Departments can place their paper documents with personal identity information (Social Security numbers, birth dates, credit card numbers, etc.) in designated bags and boxes to:

  • Manhattan campus:  Deliver to Mid-Campus Drive near the K-State Student Union.
  • Salina campus:  Deliver to the loading area between the east and west wings of the Technology Center.

Shred day is October 17, 8:30 - 11:00 am

 

 

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Student poster and video contest on cyber security awareness

Win prizes, gain experience, earn recognition!

Information Technology Services is hosting a contest in search of posters and videos of two minutes or less developed by K-State students, for students that focuses on cyber security topics and how to best handle them.


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Week 1 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and each week has a key security theme and related tips. K-State has activities planned throughout the month, in addition to national online events. 

This first week, the theme is “STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Simple Steps to Online Safety”. Events this week include the “State of IT Security at K-State” presentation and two Twitter chats.

Mark your calendars for the State of IT Security at K-State, 1-1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 4, via Zoom webconference
 (join the conference a few minutes early so you don’t miss anything). Betsy Draper, associate vice provost in Information Technology Services, will discuss what K-State does to promote a secure IT environment and recent IT security events, such as the Equifax security breach. Continue reading “Week 1 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month”