October Is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

2019 National Cyber Security Awareness Month Theme

By Jeané Blunt. National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) was created by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance to help everyone stay safe online. Now in its 16th year, NCSAM has grown exponentially and continues to build momentum and impact, reaching consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, and of course UC campuses.

To help all UC campuses support events like National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the UC Systemwide Security Awareness Workgroup provides a “toolkit,” a set of digital communications resources, from posters and handouts to videos and custom-created social media campaigns. As a result, no campus has to create all the materials by itself.

The NCSAM 2019 theme, “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.,” is focused on encouraging personal accountability, a noticeable shift from the “Our Shared Responsibility” theme in years past. NCSAM 2019 will also highlight proactive behavior in security best practices, digital privacy and careers in cybersecurity.

Here are some UC events for NCASM 2019:

In conjunction with UCSF’s 2019 NCSAM celebration, UCSF IT Security will be hosting two webinars. The first is a lively and robust discussion with Joseph Menn about the state of cybersecurity on Tuesday, October 29, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. The first 10 people to join the webinar will receive a copy of his book. The second is an exploration of secure cloud transformation with Richard Stiennon on Tuesday, October 8, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. The first five people to sign into the webinar will receive a free copy of his book.

The UC Cyber-Risk Coordination Center (C3) will host its 8th UC Cyber Security Summit at the UC Santa Barbara campus on Wednesday, October 23, 8 am – 4pm. Topics will include cybersecurity research, cyber threat hunting, phishing lessons learned from DHS, deepfakes research, and tabletop incident response. Registration closes tomorrow, October 3.

To find out about future UC NCSAM events, visit the UC IT Portal events calendar. If you’d like to add your campus’s NCSAM event to the calendar, please email me the title, date, time, and link.

Jeané Blunt is IT communications and UC FCC licensing coordinator at UC Office of the President.Jeané Blunt is IT communications and UC FCC licensing coordinator at UC Office of the President.

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