National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Editor's note: This the first in a series of articles in observance of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
2 p.m., Oct. 2, 2006--The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the educational computing consortium EDUCAUSE have declared October to be National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
“This is a time when NCSA and EDUCAUSE encourage every school, college and business to remind their students and employees about the importance of safe-computing practices,” Susan Foster, vice-president for Information Technologies (IT) at UD, said.
She added that IT staff have embarked on a campaign to encourage all members of the University community to examine their computing practices and to make sure that they have protected themselves, their computers and their information.
According to Foster, NCSA lists eight key security practices that are important for everyone at UD:
“The first seven of these items are critical to everyone at the University,” Foster said. “And the eighth is very important for those of us who are parents of younger children or work with primary and secondary school children.
“When thinking of the NCSA's first point,” Foster continued, “it's important to remember that University faculty and staff must be concerned with all the confidential information entrusted to them--not just their own personal information, but information about students, grades, employees, research and other private or confidential information.”
Karl Hassler, associate director of IT-Network and Systems Services said that this month the IT Help Center will highlight computer security information at its web site. “In addition, we have a calendar of activities that we're suggesting to University students and employees; some of the activities are informational in nature, some are things we want our users to check.”
One of the new ventures linked from the IT Help Center's Cybersecurity Calendar is a series of short, weekly video tips about safe-computing practices that will be released on Mondays during Cyber Security Awareness Month.
“These videos address some of the current issues that affect our students and staff the most,” Ron Nichols, manager in IT-User Services, said.
“The security of your computer and the information you store on it is critical at all times,” Foster added. “But during October, we urge everyone at the University of Delaware to double- and triple-check their computers and computing practices.”
For more information, visit:
IT-Help Center's Cybersecurity Awareness Calendar [www.udel.edu/security/october.html]
UD's Cybersecurity Awareness Videos
UD's Computer Security News and Alerts: [www.udel.edu/security/secnews.html]
Bogus U-Del credit union e-mail advisory [www.udel.edu/PR/UDaily/2007/sep/bogus091206.html]
Computer Security at UD
UD's IT-Help Center
National Cyber Security Alliance