Cyber Security Awareness Month 2012: U R Cyber Security

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This just in! Were you a winner?

  • Winner of the iPad: Katie Smith
  • Winner of the Kindle Fire: Brian Ott
  • Winner of the iPod Touch: Jason Clevenger
  • Winner of the one-day IT training course: Victoria McQuade

Congratulations to all our grand prize winners, and thank you for participating in this year's Cyber Security Awareness Month!

“U R Cyber Security” is NC State University’s theme for National Cyber Security Awareness Month. October 2012 marks the ninth annual event sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance “to increase the awareness and prevention of online security problems.”

Despite technological advances in the information security industry, human error is considered the greatest IT security threat. According to a Cisco Connected World Technology report, out of 1,400 surveyed college students and 1,400 young professionals, 61 percent didn't think they were responsible for protecting corporate information and 70 percent admitted to violating company security policy.

This year, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) will sponsor its annual security awareness event, “U R Cyber Security,” to show campus users that they play an important role in campus IT security and in protecting each other's digital lives.

“Our strongest line of defense against cyber security threats are informed campus users," said Mardecia Bell, director of the Office of Information Technology Security and Compliance unit. “As technology improves, hackers become more creative in their attacks to gain sensitive information from campus users. If we learn how to protect our cyber space, including the devices and networks used for connection, we can avoid common techniques used by hackers and ensure safer online activities for everyone.”

There will be many Cyber Security activities offered throughout the month of October (See schedule below). Refreshments will be served at all events and participants will have the opportunity at each event to register to win great prizes including an Apple iPad donated by Trend Micro and a Kindle Fire donated by Aruba Networks, and NC State football tickets (Boston College) by NC State Athletics, and a 32GB iPod Touch donated by NCSU BookstoresParticipants will have until noon on October 30 to enter for prizes. The winners will be announced on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Please revisit this website to find out if you are a winner!

Register to win the grand prizes by filling out the form at http://go.ncsu.edu/csam2012FAnyone can enter, however, the more events you attend, the more entries you will be able to submit via the form by entering a code word which is only given at each event; thereby giving you a greater chance of winning! Other than your initial entry, any duplicate entries by a participant not containing a unique code word will be removed before the final drawing.


Cyber Security Awareness Month campus events:

* Reducing Risks from Cyber Attacks
10/02/2012   Noon   126 Witherspoon Center
 
Learn how today's cyber criminals target your computer, identity and money, and get practical advice on how to combat any threats that comes your way. Security expert Tim Gurganus of OIT Security and Compliance will present “Reducing Risks from Cyber Attacks” on Tuesday, Oct. 2 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Washington Sankofa Room (Room 126) of the Witherspoon Student Center. Gurganus will give a brief history of malware on campus, the anatomy of cyber attacks, and the top five actions you can take to make your PC, smartphone and online experience safer. At this event only, you will have the opportunity to win 2 sets of tickets to see NC State vs. Florida State on Oct. 6.

 

* Mobile Device Security Checkpoint  
10/10/2012   11:30 a.m.   NC State Brickyard

Drop by the Mobile Device Security Checkpoint on Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the Brickyard. OIT Security and Compliance staff will run a very quick diagnostic tool on your iPhone, Android or BlackBerry phone, or on your Windows or Mac laptop or iPad. You can also sign up for a group session to learn how to further secure your device or pick up instructions on how to secure it yourself. Light refreshments will be available, and you will have the opportunity to register for a free iPad, Kindle Fire, NC State football tickets, and much more to be given away Oct. 31.

* Mobile Device Security Sessions
Bring your mobile devices to the Mobile Device Security Sessions held throughout the month of October. Campus IT experts will take you step-by-step through recommended steps — and required ones if you have a university-owned device — to secure your devices. Leave this session with the peace of mind brought to you by knowing your devices are secure. 
Light refreshments will be available, and you will have the opportunity to register for a free iPad, Kindle Fire, NC State football tickets, and much more to be given away Oct. 31.

* Dude, Where's My Data?
10/24/2012   Noon   216 Scott Hall
 
Join Kerry Digou’s security discussion, Dude, Where's My Data?, from noon to 1 p.m., Oct. 24, in 216 Scott Hall. Digou of OIT Security and Compliance will show you what data computer hackers and attackers are after on your devices and exactly what you have to lose. You’ll also learn about available tools that you can use to find sensitive data on your device and how to remove it. Light refreshments will be available, and you will have the opportunity to register for a free iPad, Kindle Fire, NC State football tickets, and much more to be given away Oct. 31.

See video recording of this session.
 

* Exploring the Good and Evil in the Internet Cloud!
10/29/2012   Noon   216 Scott Hall

Is the Internet cloud good or evil? Perhaps, both. Whether you're an NC State student or employee, the Internet cloud provides collaborative tools that have the potential to make you far more productive at work, in the classroom, or at home. These capabilities, however, come with security risks for the availability and security of your data. Who is protecting your data and how? What makes some data "sensitive" at NC State? Where is it OK to store your data? Come to this session, presented by John Baines of OIT Security and Compliance, to examine these issues and to find how you can reduce the risk to your important information. Light refreshments will be available, and you will have the opportunity to register for a free iPad, Kindle Fire, NC State football tickets, and much more to be given away Oct. 31.

THANKS!

We would like to extend a special thank you to all of our vendors, sponsors and to those who have donated prizes.

  • Trend Micro for donating the Apple iPad
  • Aruba Networks for donating the Kindle Fire
  • NC State Bookstores for donating a 32GB iPod Touch
  • NC State Athletics for donating the NC State football tickets (Florida State and Boston College)
  • 5 sets of movie passes to the Campus Cinema donated by Campus Activities
  • Continuing and Professional Education for donating a one-day daytime IT Training course
  • University Dining for donating tickets to Fountain or Clark Dining Hall