Cybersecurity Awareness and Training Tools
Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.
The theme for 2021 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.
2021 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cyber Security Facts & Resources
- 61% of data breaches used compromised credentials. (Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report)
- 56% of IT leaders believe their employees have picked up bad cybersecurity behaviors since working from home. (Tessian)
- More than 99.9% of Microsoft enterprise accounts that get invaded by attackers didn’t use multi-factor authentication. (ZDNet)
The average total cost of a data breach in 2020 was $3.86 million and took an average of 280 days to identify and contain. (IBM)
- The use of new breach techniques has boomed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with 35% of breaches having leveraged new techniques in 2020. (Cynet)
- 88% of data breaches are caused by human error. (Tessian)
- 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)
- Malware increased by 358% in 2020. (Help Net Security)
- According to the FBI, phishing was the most common type of cybercrime in 2020, with the bureau receiving 241,342 complaints in 2020. (FBI)
- Phishing attacks account for more than 80 percent of reported security incidents. (Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report)
- 80% of companies say they have a hard time finding and hiring security talent. (Gartner)
- By 2029, the cybersecurity job market is set to grow by 31%. (U.S. Bureau of Labor (Statistics)
- Application Development Security, DevSecOps, Container Security, Microservices Security and Application Security Code Review are set to be the most in demand cybersecurity skills over the next five years. (Burning Glass)
- Cybersecure Your Smart Home Video
- COVID-19 Scams Overview
- Phishing, Vishing, and Smishing
- Security Awareness
- How to Secure Your Online Life
Tips & Resources
- Cybersecurity Tips for Higher-Ed
- Ransomware 101
- To Click or Not to Click: That is the Question
- Security Tips for Remote Workers
- Adobe & NCSA Security Awareness Video: Phishing and Ransomware
- #BeCyberSmart Campaign Website
- Stop. Think. Connect.
- Telework Guidance and Resource