It’s the simple truth: phishing attacks are increasing on NC State’s campus, and no one can better protect you or the university against these types of cyber crimes than you!
Phishing attacks often come in the form of malicious email links and attachments that, when opened, allow phishers to access your personal information. Phishers can then use this information against you in a number of ways. By impersonating you, phishers can send scam emails to your contacts list in your Google Apps account, luring unsuspecting co-workers, family and friends into phishing scams. Remember, once they have your account information, anything you can do, they can do: read and delete emails, download attachments, and even access other accounts you use, like Amazon, Facebook and Twitter. If phishers steal your account information or other personal data, the possibilities to do you harm are endless, so don’t take the bait!
During National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) in October, the Office of Information Technology (OIT), along with the NC State Department of Computer Science, ePartners Program, and NC State Engineering Foundation, will co-sponsor “Protect the Pack: Don’t Get Phished!” This month-long event will help campus users learn how to identity and stop the spread of phishing attacks on campus. October 2016 marks the 13th 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.”
This year’s activities will highlight the Make it Your Mission to Stop Phishing Fair, a carnival-style event featuring a variety of games, a phish-themed photo booth, phish tattoos, and great prizes. Plus, you’ll learn great tips to keep your data safe from phishing attacks, all while enjoying tasty fair food, including Howling Cow ice cream and buttered popcorn. Play all of the games and enroll in Google 2-Step Verification to increase your chances to win the grand prize! The event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Talley Student Union Mountains Ballroom.
Come face-to-face with the FBI Cybersquad on Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Stewart Theater in the Talley Student Union. Dedicated to investigating and preventing cybercrime, special agents John Maser and Scott Bennett will present on cyber threats and trends that are seen nationally as well as those that target higher education. Agents will examine personal computer safety and provide recommendations to protect yourself online. They also will provide an overview of FBI cyber careers and internship opportunities and will meet one-on-one with participants, following the presentation. Participants will have the opportunity to win great prizes. To register, visit Classmate.
Other events include five security presentations:
Secure Your Android Devices
Noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13
216 Scott Hall
Do you know if your Android is really secure? Have you implemented the right security measures? No worries. Josh Snapp of Information Technology and Engineering Computer Services (ITECS) will take you through step-by-step recommendations — and requirements if you have a university-owned device — to secure your Android devices. Leave his session with a secure mindset. There will be a pizza luncheon and the opportunity to win great prizes. To register, visit Classmate.
Secure Your iOS Devices (iPhone and iPad)
Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19
216 Scott Hall
At their core, Apple mobile devices are generally designed with the best security available, but there are simple security measures you must enable to protect your personal and valuable data. Darren Fallis of OIT Security and Compliance will show you how to use a screen lock passcode, encrypt and back up your data, locate your device if it’s lost, and much more. There will be a pizza luncheon and the opportunity to win great prizes. To register, visit Classmate.
Phishing 101 and Google 2-Step Verification
Noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20
Room 110, Avent Ferry Technology Center
Do you know what phishing is or what a phishing scam looks like? Nik Davlantis of OIT Technology Support Services will show you recent examples of phishing attempts on campus and share valuable tips, so you will be able to identify a phishing scam on the spot. You’ll also learn how Google 2-Step Verification can further protect your Google Apps account from being compromised, and you will have the option to set up your account with 2-Step. Bring your mobile device to complete the setup process. There will be a pizza luncheon and the opportunity to win great prizes. To register, visit Classmate.
Tool Talk I: Identity Finder and CloudLock
Noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27
Room 106, Avent Ferry Technology Center
Protecting your data on campus is a very sensitive topic — one that needs further discussion. Campus system administrators are invited to learn more about the scanning tools in the Sensitive Information Identification and Response (SIIR) project, as well as the methods OIT Security and Compliance employs to remediate the findings. During this Tool Talk, Jason Maners of OIT Shared Services and Kerry Digou of OIT Security and Compliance will demo Identity Finder, a discovery tool that searches for sensitive data on personal computers, network drives and servers, and CloudLock, a cloud-based solution that searches for sensitive information in Google Drive, ServiceNow, Office 365, and other cloud-based services. Join us for a pizza luncheon and the opportunity to win great prizes. To register, visit Classmate.
Tool Talk II: Protect Your Services With Duo 2-Factor Authentication
Noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31
Room 106, Avent Ferry Technology Center
Multi-factor authentication is becoming more commonplace as well as a requirement for many university systems. Using Duo 2-Factor Authentication, Darren Fallis and Kerry Digou of OIT Security and Compliance will demonstrate to campus IT staff how multi-factor authentication plays a role in the administration of various campus services and will discuss preferred strategies to integrate Duo into their campus systems. There will be a pizza luncheon and the opportunity to win great prizes. To register, visit Classmate.
For more event information, visit NC State’s Cyber Security Awareness Month 2016 website.