Data Privacy Month 2017: Protect the Pack! Protect Your Data!

Data Privacy Month 2017: Protect the Pack, Protect Your Data


If you leave your home unoccupied with the windows and front door ajar, you might invite in an unwelcome guest. Likewise, if you use mobile devices or online systems and accounts without strong passcodes/phrases or two-factor authentication enabled, you leave yourself vulnerable to cyber hackers who might view and steal information that’s important to you, even your identity. In the U.S., a home burglary occurs every 13 seconds, while identity fraud — where a person’s personal information is used to access money — occurs every two seconds.

It’s important to remember that you are the key to securing your personal data, the systems and accounts you use on campus.

In celebration of Data Privacy Month, Jan. 28 to Feb 28, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) will sponsor Protect the Pack! Protect Your Data! to empower you with tools and the knowledge necessary to protect your privacy and control your digital footprint. Sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance, Data Privacy Month also stresses the protection of privacy and data as everyone’s priority.

During Data Privacy Month, OIT will sponsor the following activities to help you secure your digital assets:

  • Lunch and Learn: Android Security
    Noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3
    Computer Lab 16, Jane S. McKimmon Center
    Offered by Technology Training Solutions
    Do you know if your Android is really secure? Have you implemented the right security measures? No worries. In this class, you will go step-by-step through university recommendations — and requirements if you have a university-owned device — to secure your Android devices.
    Special Note: Have an iOS device? Check out Technology Training Solutions’ iOS Security event on Friday, March 3 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Computer Lab 16 of the Jane S. McKimmon Center.
  • What’s Your Cybersecurity IQ? (Lunch & Learn Series)
    Noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15
    106 Avent Ferry Technology Center
    Do you know what it takes to keep your valuable information safe in cyberland? Come to this workshop to learn tips to create better passwords, add layers of security to your accounts, avoid phishing attacks, and more!
  • Data Sensitivity Framework Training
    2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16
    Talley Student Union Mountains Ballroom
    On NC State’s campus, security defense is local to the campus community. Every student, faculty and staff member has an awesome responsibility to guard their digital assets and those of the University against cyber threats. In this session, you will:

    • Be provided with the basic tools to effect such a defense.
    • Gain a better understanding of the value of data to you, the University and potential hackers. You will learn about:
      • the global threat to your digital assets
      • what motivates hackers
      • likely methods of attacks
      • recent NC State security breaches
    • Gain insight into NC State’s approach to defend against cyber threats.
    • Develop an understanding of the University’s data classification standard, including the different types of data maintained on campus and suitable storage locations.
    • Learn how to set up your devices with two-factor authentication services at NC State (Duo and Google 2-Step) to stop hackers in their tracks; they can steal your passwords, but with two-factor enabled, it will be useless to them!
  • Two-Factor Authentication at NC State
    2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21
    110 Avent Ferry Technology Center
    Don’t be confused by its many names — multi-factor, 2-step or two-factor; just think of it as an extra layer of security for your most important NC State accounts and services. At NC State, we use two multi-factor solutions: Google 2-Step Verification for Google accounts and Duo to protect Shibboleth-enabled services, like the MyPack Portal and WolfWare. In this class, you will:

    • Learn the risks to you and to campus from phishers and other cyber criminals.
    • Learn the benefits of two-factor authentication.
    • Learn how two-factor protects you (and campus) from cyber threats.
    • Have the opportunity to set up your account with Duo and Google 2-Step Verification. Please bring a mobile device to complete the setup process.
  • Wolfpack Way of Life Wellness Fair
    11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23
    Talley Student Union Ballroom.
    Stop by our table to learn more about Google 2-Step Verification, Duo 2-Factor Authentication, Eduroam, and mobile device security.
  • SANS Securing the Human videos
    From password protecting to encrypting your data, SANS Securing the Human videos offer numerous security measures you can use immediately to protect your data. Take a few minutes to watch ALL of the brief videos — especially Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Personally Identifiable Information (PII), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Data Protection — to learn valuable steps to protect the privacy of all campus constituents. Sign in to Moodle with your Unity ID and password and then click Enroll me to access these brief videos.
  • Secure Tweets
    Follow us on Twitter to learn helpful security measures to safeguard your data during Data Privacy Month.

Participants will also have the opportunity to win prizes. Attend all Data Privacy Month events to increase your chances of winning.

Door Prize Winners

  • Shayna Feldstein, Beats Solo2 Wireless Headphones
  • Joshua Bynum, Apple Keyboard
  • Claudia Mello, HYPERSECU U2F Security Key
  • Ronnie Bowen, HYPERSECU U2F Security Key

Prizes provided by the NC State Bookstores.