October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

JWU is a champion of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2019, joining a growing global effort among colleges, universities, businesses, government agencies, associations and non-profit organizations to promote online safety awareness and prevention of online security issues including social networking safety and privacy, stolen passwords, identity theft, phishing scams and other cyber crimes. Raising information security awareness is a main focus of JWU Information Technology (IT). The program educates the campus community on information security topics, heighten awareness regarding properly protecting sensitive data and to reduce the risks of a security breach. Each and every one of us needs to do our part to make sure that our online lives are kept safe and secure. That's what NCSAM is all about. 

The theme for 2019 is ‘Own IT. Secure. IT. Protect IT.,’ helping to encourage personal accountability and proactive behavior in digital privacy, security best practices, common cyber threats and cybersecurity careers. This year’s campaign will address the following online safety messages and identify opportunities for behavioral change:

Own IT.

  • Never Click and Tell: staying safe on social media

  • Update Privacy Settings

  • Keep Tabs on Your Apps: best practices for device applications

Secure IT.

  • Shake Up Your Passphrase Protocol: create strong, unique passphrases

  • Double Your Login Protection: turn on multi-factor authentication

  • Shop Safe Online

  • Play Hard To Get With Strangers: how to spot and avoid phish

Protect IT.

  • If You Connect, You Must Protect: updating to the latest security software, web browser and operating systems

  • Stay Protected While Connected: Wi-Fi safety

  • If You Collect It, Protect It: keeping customer/consumer data and information safe

Keep an eye out for signage around campus for pro-tips to protect your data, too.

Follow us on twitter @JWUITSecurity for quick updates or follow our #CyberSafeJWU throughout October to help raise awareness and tips about keeping your personal data safe. Also keep reading This Week at JWU for tips, tricks & suggestions to #StayCybersafe.