National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2018 – Introduction

The month of October is designated as National Cyber Security Awareness Month by the National Cyber Security Alliance in cooperation with Educause, Internet2, REN-ISAC and SRSU OIT.  Throughout the month, OIT will post informative and educational material on this Blog site as well as through email and social media sites that helps you understand why being #cyberaware is important and what you can do to keep yourself and the institution’s information resources safe. One of the goals of the awareness material is to allow you to recognize information technology security concerns and respond accordingly.

Why is Cyber Security Awareness Important?

To protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information in today’s highly networked systems environment requires that all individuals:

  • Understand their roles and responsibilities related to the organizational mission
  • Understand the organization’s information technology security policy, procedures, and practices
  • Have at least adequate knowledge of the various management, operational, and technical controls required and available to protect the IT resources for which they are responsible

This programs is designed to impress the importance of cyber security and the adverse consequences of its failure. Awareness may reinforce knowledge already gained, but its goal is to produce security behaviors that are automatic. The goal is to make “thinking security” a natural reflex for everyone in all cyber areas of your life. Awareness activities can build in these reflexes both for the security professional and for the everyday user.

Be on the lookout for #cyberaware materials in the coming weeks.

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