Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2020

Post Author: Mark Webster Ph.D, ECU Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), and in the spirit of promoting increased security awareness and education, I wanted to share with you news regarding ECU’s efforts toward promoting cyber security, including new resources available. ECU is an official NCSAM 2020 Champion Organization, and during this month, whether at the institutional level or as individuals, we highlight our responsibility to secure and safeguard our devices, systems, and data from cyber threats. The theme for the Week of October 5th (Week 1) is, “If You Connect It, Protect It.” 2020 Cybersecurity Awareness Month Speaker Series

ECU Cyber Security Speaker Series

Our annual Speaker Series continues! Although we’ve shifted to virtual for this year in terms of delivery, we’re happy to still be featuring speakers from the national, state, and local levels. My colleague in the Information Security Office, Mike Barry, has sent out information to you already on our lineup of speakers. Our kickoff presentation on October 1st by Michelle Yoworski, with Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency, was well attended and gave us much to think about with regard to global cyber threats. (I’ve attached the Speaker Series flyer for your convenience.)

New ITCS Knowledge Base Articles

Security Awareness Education at ECU

This new article published last week in the ITCS Knowledge Base on the university website summarizes security awareness training opportunities at ECU. All ECU users are responsible for the information in their care. Please see these training opportunities to help you meet this important goal.

Security Awareness Video Tutorials

In the interest of making cyber security awareness more interesting – even humorous – the Information Security team has vetted short, “byte-sized” security awareness videos from reputable agencies and organizations. The topics include social engineering, spear phishing, and social media deception and were selected for their applicability to ECU.