Because we live in an increasingly connected world there is an escalating risk of information theft, fraud, and abuse. Technology advances in education, healthcare, business, entertainment, and government are changing our lives for the better and making us more vulnerable to cyber attacks. According to the recent EDUCAUSE Review “more than 670 million online private records were exposed between 2005 and 2014.” This is serious.
Every October, UT Austin observes National Cyber Security Awareness Month (CSAM). This campaign is part of a nationwide effort which aims to educate, inform, and equip the public about cyber security issues and concerns. Sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, CSAM focuses on increasing the resiliency of the country in the event of a cyber incident by raising public awareness.
During this month, our Information Security Office (ISO) will be rolling out a number of initiatives, events, social media communications and educational videos. Stay tuned for details about a collaborative event with the Department of Computer Science, informational blurbs on social media through the ISO’s Twitter and Facebook feeds, and a number of new “Securing the Human” videos via the new ISO website
The ISO is currently providing updated information on avoiding malware, protecting your privacy, locking down your social media accounts, updating your desktop, mobile, and wearable operating systems on the Protect Your Privates campaign web page. The content targets students, but is useful for faculty, staff, and friends and family as well. Special thanks to Eddie Gonzalez (ISO) and Lindsay Walker and her team (ITS) for the design and content of this outreach material.
Be sure to check out the ISO’s Protect Your Privates banner! You can see it on West 21st Street, facing the Drag, on the bridge between the McCombs School of Business and the University Teaching Center.
Please take time to investigate these resources and increase your own understanding of internet security and how to avoid malicious threats on the internet.
Remember that by raising your own awareness about cyber security you are contributing to the resilience of the campus by fortifying our cyber infrastructure. We all share the responsibility to learn how to stay cyber safe.
Our thanks and appreciation go out to Cam Beasley, Chief Information Security Officer, and the entire ISO team for the great and tireless work they do to protect the campus community.
The eyes of the ISO are upon you!