Protect the Pack: Secure State during National Cyber Security Awareness Month

In observance of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), the Office of Information Technology (OIT), the NC State Department of Computer Science, ePartners Program, and NC State Engineering Foundation are co-sponsoring Protect the Pack: Secure State!, a month-long event to inform campus IT users about cyber security measures, including mobile device security, antivirus protection, 2-step verification, password protection, and security updates.

This year’s event will highlight the FBI Cybersquad on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Coastal Ballroom of the Talley Student Union. Special agents John Maser and Scott Bennett will give an engaging presentation on the current cyber threats and trends. They will:

  • provide a general overview of the FBI and its cyber resources, criminal and national security cyber matters, and threat statistics.
  • examine personal computer safety and provide general recommendations for protecting yourself online.
  • conclude with an overview of FBI cyber careers and internship opportunities.

To register, visit Classmate. Breakfast will be served, and there will be great door prizes, such as tablets, video drones, Fitbits, Beats headphones, a projector, a Pebble smartwatch, and an iPad.

CSAM also will feature Data Security for Researchers, a panel discussion that will be held on Friday, Oct. 30 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Currituck Ballroom of Talley Student Union. If you are a researcher:

  • Are you funded by a federal grant?
  • Do you or your students work with human subjects or vertebrate animals?  
  • Does your research group have a confidentiality agreement with a company?
  • Is your data and intellectual property protected from cyber criminals?
  • Did you know that there are specific locations where sensitive data should be kept?

Panelists, including faculty researchers, research administrators and OIT staff, will address these and other questions you might have regarding data security and storage. To register, visit Classmate. A light lunch will be served, and there will be great door prizes, such as tablets, video drones, Fitbits, Beats headphones, a projector, a Pebble smartwatch and an iPad.

Other CSAM activities planned during October include:

Mobile Device Security Checkpoints

  • Thursday, Oct. 15: Talley Student Union
  • Wednesday, Oct. 21: Nelson Hall
  • Tuesday, Oct.  27: Court of Carolinas 

OIT Security and Compliance staff will run a very quick diagnostic check on your iPhone or Android phone to see if your device is protected against the most common risks.

Mobile Security for iOS Devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch)
Noon to 1.p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28 
119 Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC), Centennial Campus 

Everette Allen of OIT Outreach, Communications and Consulting will show you how to use a screen lock passcode, encrypt and backup your data, locate your device if it’s lost, scan your device for malware, and much more. To register, visitClassmate.

Tool Talks – Identity Finder
Noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29
106 Avent Ferry

Campus system administrators and other interested parties are invited to join OIT Security and Compliance for a live demo of Identify Finder, a scanning tool used to locate social security numbers, bank account information, credit card information, and other sensitive data on devices connected to NC State’s network. System administrators will learn tool functionality as well as how to leverage it on campus. This data discovery tool will be implemented on campus later this fall in connection with the Payment Card Industry-Data Security Standard project. To register, visit Classmate.

For more event information, see NC State’s Cyber Security Awareness Month website.