Cybersecurity Awareness and Training Tools
The theme for 2020 is: "Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart. This theme encourages individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace. Check out this year's cybersecurity awareness topics.
2020 Cybersecurity Awareness Topics
No matter your career or position, it is everyone's job to practice good cybersecurity. Whether on campus or at home we cannot be secure without each and every person doing their part. Online safety and security are a responsibility we all share.
If you connect it, protect it. The line between our online and offline lives has become increasingly indistinguishable. This network of connections creates both opportunities and challenges for individuals and organizations across the globe. The first week of Cybersecurity Awareness Month will highlight the ways in which internet-connected devices have impacted our lives and will empower all users to own their role in security by taking steps to reduce their risks. “Cybersecurity is everyone’s job. #BeCyberSmart.”
Cybersecurity Tip: Get Savvy About WiFi Hotspots. Public wireless networks and hotspots are not secure, which means that anyone could potentially see what you are doing on your laptop or smartphone while you are connected to them. Limit what you do on public WiFi, and avoid logging in to key accounts like email and bank accounts. Consider using a virtual private network (VPN) or a personal/mobile hotspot if you need a more secure connection.
2020 saw a major disruption in the way many work, learn, and socialize online. Our homes are more connected than ever. Our university is more connected than ever. With more people now working, instructing, and learning from home, these two internet-connected environments are colliding on a scale we’ve never seen before, introducing a whole new set of potential vulnerabilities that users must be conscious of. Week two of Cybersecurity Awareness Month will focus on steps UND departments and users can take to protect internet connected devices for both personal and professional use. “Cybersecurity needs both you and me. #BeCyberSmart.”
Cybersecurity Tip: Lock Down Your Log-In. Create long and unique passphrases for accounts and use multi-factor authentication (MFA) wherever possible. MFA will fortify your online accounts by enabling one of the strongest authentication tools available, such as biometrics or a unique one-time code sent to your phone or mobile device. Use password managers to generate and remember different, complex passwords for each of your accounts
The higher education community is increasingly relying upon internet-connected devices and solutions to improve course offerings, organizational efficiency. The emergence of remote learning, on-line meeting and webinars, internet-connected devices, user apps, and an increasing amount of third parties entering the higher education community has created many benefits, but has also exposed the university networks and users to vulnerabilities that cyber criminals regularly attempt to exploit. The third week of Cybersecurity Awareness Month will delve into the industry (university networks, faculty, staff) and customer (students) implications of internet-connected device use and what steps both can take own their part and #BeCyberSmart.
Cybersecurity Tip: Think Before You Click. If you receive an enticing offer via email or text, don’t be so quick to reply or click on any links. Instead, go directly to the company’s website to verify it is legitimate. If you’re unsure who an email is from—even if the details appear accurate—or if the email looks “phishy,” do not respond and do not click on any links or open any attachments found in the email as they may be infected with malware.
Cybersecurity Awareness Month will look at the future of connected devices. This week will look at how technological innovations, such as 5G, might impact consumers’ and business’ online experiences (e.g. faster speeds and data transmission, larger attack surface for hackers), as well as how people/infrastructure can adapt to the continuous evolution of the connected devices moving forward. No matter what the future holds, however, every user needs to be empowered to do their part. “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.”
Cybersecurity Tip: Keep Tabs On Your Apps. Many connected appliances, toys, and devices are supported by a mobile application. Your mobile device could be filled with suspicious apps running in the background, or using default permissions you never realized you approved—gathering your personal information without your knowledge, while also putting your identity and privacy at risk. Check your permissions and delete what you don’t need or no longer use.
- Hackers attack every 39 seconds, on average 2,244 times a day. (University of Maryland)
- 56% of Americans don’t know what steps to take in the event of a data breach. (Varonis)
- 46% of organizations got all of their malware via email. (Verizon 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report)
- The number of cellular Internet of Things (IoT) connections is expected to reach 5 billion in 2023 – increasing with an annual growth rate of 30%. (Ericsson)
- Gartner forecasts that 25 billion connected things will be in use by 2021. (Gartner)
- Once plugged into the internet, connected devices are attacked within 5 minutes and targeted by specific exploits in 24 hours. (NETSCOUT)
- The global smart home market is forecast to reach a value of more than $141 billion by 2023. (Statista Research)
- 92% of employees said they believe it’s the organization’s job to secure remote working, yet over two-fifths (42%) claimed current security policies make it difficult to do their (Capita)
- 90% of IT professionals believe remote workers are not secure and 70% think remote staff poses a greater risk than onsite employees. (OpenVPN)
- Universities are at the top of the list of industries most vulnerable to cyber attacks. (Moody’s Investors Service)
- 63% of people find connected devices ‘creepy’ in the way they collect data about people and their behaviours. (Consumers International & Internet Society)
- It is predicted that 70 percent of light-duty vehicles and trucks will be connected to the Internet by 2023. (Statista Research)
- 5G coverage is forecast to reach 45 percent of the world’s population by end of 2024. (Ericsson)
- The IoT devices market is anticipated to reach $1.1 trillion by 2026. (Fortune Business Insights)
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- Passwords Data Handling
- Computer Theft
- Phishing and Ransomware
- Removable Media
- Internet Dowloads