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Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2020

About Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Cybersecurity Awareness Month is designed to engage and educate with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity to increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. Since the Presidential proclamation establishing Cybersecurity Awareness Month in 2004, the initiative has been formally recognized by Congress, federal, state and local governments and leaders from industry and academia. This united effort is necessary to maintain a cyberspace that is safer and more resilient and remains a source of tremendous opportunity and growth for years to come. For more information, visit staysafeonline.org/cybersecurity-awareness-month/

Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.

The overarching message of this year’s theme, ‘If you Connect it, Protect it,’ dives into the importance of keeping connected devices safe and secure from outside influence. More than ever before, connected devices have been woven into society as an integral part of how people communicate and access services essential to their well being. Data collected from these devices can detail highly specific information about a person or business which can be exploited by bad actors for their personal gain. Cybersecurity Awareness Month aims to shed light on these security vulnerabilities, while offering guidance surrounding simple security measures to limit the susceptibility of threats for commonly used devices.

If everyone does their part – implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating vulnerable audiences or training employees – our interconnected world will be safer and more resilient for everyone.

Now in its 17th year, Cybersecurity Awareness Month continues to build momentum and impact with the ultimate goal of providing everyone with the information they need to stay safer and more secure online. Daemen College is proud to support this far-reaching online safety awareness and education initiative which is co-led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

This year, the Cybersecurity Awareness Month’s main focus areas will revolve around the following topics during each week of October:

October 1-2: Kick- Off

October 5-9: If You Connect It, Protect It

October 12-16: Securing Devices at Home and Work

October 19-23: Securing Internet-Connected Devices in Healthcare

October 26-30: The Future of Connected Devices

Events

Security Scavenger Hunt and Raffle for Students.

  • How well do you know cybersecurity? Test yourself by trying out Daemen IT’s Security Scavenger Hunt! All of the answers can be found on Daemen’s How Do I website, in our Cybersecurity articles that branch off from this main page.
  • By completing the scavenger hunt students will be entered in a raffle for a $25 Amazon gift card. Students who get every answer correct will also be entered in a second raffle for another $25 Amazon gift card.
  • This Scavenger Hunt is eligible for all current Daemen students and will close October 31st at 11:55pm.
  • Winners will be announced the first week of November 2020.
  • The Scavenger Hunt can only be completed one time per student.

Annual IT Security Training and Raffle for Daemen Faculty and Staff

  • Why not complete your training and be entered in for a prize too!
  • All faculty and staff who complete (and pass) the mandatory training before October 31st at 11:55pm will be entered into a raffle for a $25 Amazon gift card.
  • Two winners will be selected.
  • Winners will be announced the first week of November 2020.

Daily Security fact on MyDaemen

  • Each day of October, a new security fact will be posted on MyDaemen with links to a relevant How Do I Article or another security publication.
  • Be sure the check out the daily fact on MyDaemen!
  • Learn some surprising security facts as well as some additional security tips.

Updated on September 29, 2020

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