Protect Yourself! Protect the Pack! Win great prizes!

There are many “human-like” ghosts and goblins — in your cyber space — who simply want to provide you a ghastly experience! To arm you with simple yet effective security measures to fight off cyber hackers, OIT is sponsoring the Cyber Security Awareness Month (CSAM) campaign, Protect Yourself! Protect the Pack!

October 2014 marks the 11th annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 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.”

OIT invites you to participate in these CSAM activities:

  • SANS Securing the Human Video Contest
    Heighten your awareness of technology practices to reduce security risks and win great prizes by viewing 13 NC State security videos and completing their short quizzes. Prizes include an iPad, iPod Nano, iPod Touch, a Venue 8 Pro tablet, Beats Studio wireless headphones, an ASUS Transformer Book T100, and a $200 gift card.

    Some video topics include: Social EngineeringEmail and Instant Message (IM)BrowsingSocial Networking,PasswordsData ProtectionFamily Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)Personally Identifiable Information (PII)Cloud, and Hacked! 

    You get one entry for each completed video and quiz. Visit SANS Securing the Human Video Contest to enter. Contest runs through Friday, Oct. 31, and winners will be announced on the Cyber Security Awareness Month website on Monday, Nov. 3.

  • Information Security Awareness Video and Poster Contest hosted by EDUCAUSE
    NC State students can win cash, gain experience and earn recognition by submitting a 30-second video or a poster focusing on cyber security topics. EDUCAUSE is accepting submissions mid-April through early September 2015. Winners will be announced in late September 2015 (right before NCSAM 2015)! If you submit an entry for any category, please email OIT at OIT may use your submission in future CSAM campus campaigns.

For past winners and additional information, visit the EDUCAUSE website.

  • 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. To register, visit Classmate.

  • Mobile Device Security Checkpoint
    11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22 (Rain date, Thursday, Oct. 23)
    On the Brickyard
    OIT Security and Compliance staff will run a very quick diagnostic check on your iPhone or Android phone, 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.

  • Securing Android Devices
    Noon, Wednesday, Oct. 29
    216 Scott Hall
    An OIT expert will take you step-by-step through measures recommended — and required if you have a university-owned device — to secure your Android devices. You’ll leave the session with the peace of mind gained by knowing your devices are secure. Light refreshments will be provided. To register, visit Classmate.

Visit OIT’s Cyber Security Awareness Month website for more information on this year’s events.