Today marks the first day of October, which also means the
start of the 16th annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). In
observance, the University Technology ([U]Tech) Information Security Office (ISO)
at Case Western Reserve University will provide security resources and events
throughout the month.
This year’s NCSAM theme, provided by the SANS Institute, is
“Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.” This initiative is an effort to
provide the necessary resources so that all of the university’s users can stay
safe and secure online. The Information Security Office will put out weekly
articles each Monday of October that will correspond with the “Own IT.
Secure IT. Protect IT” initiative.
The ISO team also will host in-person events on the second
and fourth Fridays of October with more details to come in the following days.
These events will include an opportunity to speak with members of the new
Security Fusion Center (SFC) about what types of security concerns are seen on
campus and how to prevent members of the community from falling victim to them.
Each week’s article will go into detail on the specific
theme provided by SANS. Below is a breakdown of what you can expect to learn
about during the month of October:
Own IT: Readers will learn how to stay secure
when using social media, how to effectively update their privacy policies, and
mobile device best practices.
Secure IT: This category will focus on
password/passphrase best practices. This includes when to change passwords, how
often and whether password reuse is ever ok. It also will highlight some of the
tools available on campus, such as LastPass and DUO.
Protect IT: Data security is vital to keeping
our community’s sensitive data safe. This category will provide resources that
explain the benefits of updating to the latest versions of security software,
web browsers, operating systems, etc. This section will also touch on how to
stay secure when using public Wi-Fi networks and the use of virtual private
The Information Security Office hopes that the community can
benefit from these resources.