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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

national cyber security awareness month

Boise State joins the nation in celebrating National Cyber Security Awareness Month for October.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month is a nationwide effort to educate and engage public and private sector stakeholders, and the general public, on cybersecurity issues through a variety of communications and outreach activities.

The world is more interconnected today than ever before. We enjoy the benefits and convenience that cyberspace provides, including online shopping, mobile banking, and communicating with friends and family through social networks and email. However, we also face a range of threats – identity and intellectual property theft, network intrusions, and financial crimes – from these cyber networks.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month is an opportunity to provide you with the tools to stay safe online.

Boise State believes strongly in this mission. As a partner in the Department of Homeland Security’s Stop.Think.Connect. campaign, Boise State has shown its commitment to enhancing online safety for everyone.

Throughout National Cyber Security Awareness Month, we urge everyone to help create a safer and more secure cyber environment by taking the following steps to keep themselves, their identities, and their information safe online:

  • Set strong passwords, and don’t share them with anyone.
  • Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized and secure by
    installing updates.
  • Maintain an open dialogue with your family, friends, and community about Internet safety.
  • Limit the amount of personal information you post online, and use privacy settings.
  • Be cautious about what you receive or read online; if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Boise State supports the Department of Homeland Security by proactively advancing cybersecurity awareness through outreach and information sharing. National Cyber Security Awareness Month is formally recognized by Congress, federal, state, and local governments, along with leaders from industry and academia.

This united effort is essential to creating a safer, more resilient cyberspace that remains a source of tremendous opportunity and growth for years to come.

Cybersecurity Department

The Office of Information Technology’s Cybersecurity Department is tasked with managing cyber risks, vulnerabilities and incidents in collaboration with OIT and campus IT resources, as well as facilitating campus community cybersecurity education and awareness.

Follow the department on Twitter @BoiseStateCyber, or visit the Cybersecurity website.

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