NCSAM Events at MIT This Week

This week Information Systems & Technology is sponsoring two events on campus in support of National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Thursday, Oct. 23, 12:00 – 1:30pm, in 37-252

Anonymity on the Go: The Possibilities and Problems of Tor on Mobile Devices. The speaker of this talk is Nathan Freitas, founder of the Guardian Project.

RSVP required.

Friday, Oct. 24, 10:00am – 2:00pm, in Lobby of Building 32

Shred IT! Paper as well as some electronic media will be collected and safely shredded. If you need to get rid of old hard drives, tapes, CDs or thumb drives, now is your chance.

Learn more about both of these events.

MIT Event: Keep IT Safe Table in W20 Lobby

On Tuesday, October 7, 9:00 to 11:00 am, IS&T is hosting the Keep IT Safe table in W20, a new initiative aimed at supporting the MIT community with their secure computing and data protection needs.

Encourage your staff, students and colleagues (and yourself) to come by and grab a free cup of coffee and a donut while perhaps taking away something you didn’t know yet about cyber security.

This event kicks off a series of events to promote National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).

Learn more here.

Event on Oct. 7: Free Coffee and Donut with a Slice of Security

Next week Tuesday, October 7, IS&T is hosting a table in W20 from 9:00 until 11:00 am, in support of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).

Have any security concerns? Want help with securing your computer or smartphone?

IS&T personnel will be on hand to help.

Think you’re pretty savvy when it comes to phishing or other cyber attacks? Test your threat level with our security quiz cards.

And don’t forget to grab a free coffee and donut.

Cyber Security Awareness Events Coming in October

It’s that time of year again!

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) dedicated to the improvement of your safety when using the Internet.

Here are 3 ways you can participate:

How savvy are you with your knowledge of cyber security risks?
Discover your threat level by attending the “Keep IT Safe” table in W20. Stop by and receive free coffee and donuts.
Tuesday, October 7, 9am – 11am, W20 Lobby

Hear about Tor!
Andrew Lewman, Executive Director of The Tor Project, is coming to MIT. Tor was designed to protect government communications and is used today by many types of people for a wide variety of purposes to improve their privacy and security on the Internet.
Thursday, October 23, 12pm – 1:30pm, 37-252 (Marlar Lounge), RSVP required (email to attend and receive a free lunch

Shred IT!
Are you a pack rat? Can’t seem to find the time to get rid of those old hard drives, thumb drives, CDs or digital tapes? Have mountains of old documents that might contain sensitive data but which aren’t needed anymore? Drop them off at the “Shred IT” table in the Stata Center. Paper will be shredded by Cintas, a professional document management company. Electronic media will be collected and disposed of securely with coordination by Distributed IT Resources (DITR).
Friday, October 24, 10am – 2pm, Stata Center Lobby (Building 32)

Spread the word about NCSAM and these events, and we look forward to seeing you there.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is every year in October. NCSAM is a national public awareness campaign to encourage everyone to protect their computers and computing infrastructure.

By promoting NCSAM at MIT, we recognize that individuals, organizations, businesses and government all share the responsibility to secure their part of cyber space and the networks they use. If we all do our part – implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating young people, training employees – we will be a more resilient and safer digital society.

Learn what you can do.

NCSAM Champion

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Events

This month (National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, or NCSAM) you can increase cybersecurity awareness by attending events or participating in some of the activities being sponsored by Educause:

  • October 4 National Cybersecurity Kickoff Webinar. Registration is free and you can do so online to attend on your own from your work station. Or just join us in E17 in the Learning Center, on October 4 at 1 p.m. with the option to stay afterwards for a brief discussion on the topic. The webinar is presented by Dave Cullinane, CISO at eBay (retired) and co-founder of the Cloud Security Alliance, and will discuss challenges such as cloud security, privacy, compliance, BYOD, enterprise risk management and other issues currently faced by campuses.
  • Student Video & Poster Contest – Educause in partnership with Internet2 Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC) is conducting a contest in search of short information security awareness videos and posters developed by college students for college students. The deadline for submission is March 8, 2012. Winners receive cash prizes and their video or poster will be featured on the HEISC website. Details of this contest can be found on the Educause website.

In the meantime, know that cybercrime is not a laughing matter, but here’s a pretty humorous video about cyber criminals.

Have any ideas for how to increase awareness in your area? Let me know by writing to me directly ( Otherwise, check out the NCSAM resource kit for ideas on how to plan for the month.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)

Increase cybersecurity awareness in your area by using the NCSAM resource guide to start planning easy-to-implement awareness activities during the month of October.

Plan to join the October 4 National Cybersecurity Kickoff webinar at 1:00 p.m. (ET). Efforts are being made by IS&T to host this webinar on the day. More information about this will be forthcoming.

If you would rather attend the webinar on your own or host it in your area, registration is free and will be available by September 27 on the EDUCAUSE Live! web page. Consider attending this event as a team or incorporate it into a campus event. Learn more about preparing for NCSAM.

October will be here before you know it, so start planning your awareness events now.