The University of Utah and its Information Security Office (ISO) today announced its commitment to Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CSAM), held annually in October, by signing up as a Cybersecurity Awareness Month Champion and joining a growing global effort to promote the awareness of online safety and privacy.
The Cybersecurity Awareness Month Champions Program is a collaborative effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations, and individuals committed to this year’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month theme, “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” The program aims to empower individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace.
“This last year has seen some dramatic shifts in the technology landscape. While I can’t say what the coming months will bring, I can confidently say the changes in how we use technology are here to stay,” said the university’s Chief Information Security Officer Corey Roach. “Cybersecurity Awareness Month is an opportunity to step back and reexamine how we are using technology today and to make sure we are doing everything we can to protect ourselves, our employers and our loved ones.”
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 that 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.
This year, the U’s Information Security Office will focus on a range of weekly topics:
- Creating a cybersecure workspace-at home
- It’s a trap! Why so many phishing attacks succeed.
- Meet the computer forensics experts who investigate the U’s cybersecurity incidents
- What to do when an abuser uses technology against you
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. The University of Utah and its Information Security Office is proud to support this far-reaching online safety awareness and education initiative co-led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
“Cybersecurity is important to the success of all businesses and organizations. NCSA is proud to have such a strong and active community helping to encourage proactive behavior and prioritize cybersecurity in their organizations,” NCSA Executive Director Kelvin Coleman said.