October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month: Protect Yourself! Protect the Pack!

More than 65,000 computer-related devices connect daily to the NC State network. This connectivity enables the campus community to teach, learn, conduct business processes, and tap into innumerable resources around the world.

It also presents many opportunities for cyber criminals to penetrate campus security defenses. You can help foil these attacks by employing simple yet important measures to keep yourself and the campus safe.

Learn how during National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October. This year, OIT will sponsor Protect Yourself! Protect the Pack!, a month-long event to inform campus IT users about security measures, including mobile device security, antivirus protection, 2-step verification, password protection and security updates.

October 2014 marks the 11th 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.”

During this month, OIT invites you to participate in several activities:

  • Mobile Device Security Checkpoint
    11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22 (Rain date, Thursday, Oct. 23)
    The Brickyard
    OIT Security and Compliance staff will run a very quick diagnostic check on your iPhone or Android phone, or on your Windows or Mac laptop or iPad to see if your device is protected against the most common risks. Light refreshments will be available, and you will have the opportunity to play great games and win prizes.
  • Mobile Device Security presentations
    Campus IT experts will take you step-by-step through measures recommended — and required if you have a university-owned device — to secure your iOS and Android devices. You’ll leave the session with the peace of mind gained by knowing your devices are secure. Light refreshments will be provided. Sessions include:
  • Benefits of Google’s 2-Step Verification
    Noon, Friday, Oct. 17
    216 Scott Hall. 
    Google’s 2-Step Verification can help prevent your Google account from being compromised by phishing attacks. You will receive an overview of 2-Step, benefits of activation, and step-by-step instructions for enabling 2-Step on your account. Light refreshments will be available.

Register for the presentations via Classmate. Visit OIT’s Cyber Security Awareness Month website for more information on this year’s events, including the upcoming SANS Securing the Human Video contest.