This year marks the 20th anniversary of the National Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign, which serves as a vital reminder of the significance of safeguarding our online privacy and data. The theme for this year's campaign, "Secure Our World", emphasizes the importance of adopting ongoing cybersecurity habits and improved online safety behaviors. Always remember that cybersecurity is a shared responsibility that starts with each and every one of us.
Check out the details below for information on upcoming events and tips on how to safeguard your online presence.
Cyber Bowl: Test Your Cyber Hygiene & Win!
Hey Panthers! Are you ready to take on the challenge? Step onto the field and work your way through five intense plays that test your cyber safety knowledge. With determination and skill, you can emerge victorious and secure your online safety.
Join us as we compete against other Florida state universities, including UF and FSU, to test your cyber hygiene skills. The university with the most participants will come out on top, so represent YOUR FIU and join the Cyber Bowl. Participate in the Cyber Bowl game between October 9-20, 2023, and you'll be entered into our giveaway!
Here are the prizes:
- Employees: One winner will be rewarded with a $100 gift card to the FIU Panther TECH store.
- Students: Four lucky winners can win either an Apple AirPad 10.9 inch or an Apple AirPod Pro (Gen 2).
Join an Online Session and Learn How to be a #SecurePanther
Sign up to one of our engaging and informative online sessions, which will provide you with tools to identify cybersecurity threats, how to avoid them, and how to safeguard your digital life.
- October 17, 2023, Passwords & MFA: Set It & Forget It, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
- October 25, 2023, Recognizing Phishing & Updating Software: Fight the Hack, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Tips to Boost Your Online Safety
In this digital age, cyber crimes are a common occurrence. But don't worry, there are simple steps you can take today to enhance your online security. These steps also align with this year's NCSAM theme of "Secure Our World." By educating ourselves and being vigilant, we can stay ahead of the game and protect ourselves from potential threats. Review the tips provided by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to help boost your online safety and secure our world.
Use Strong Passwords and a Password Manager
Protect your Data with strong passwords that are unique, long, random, and include all four-character types (uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and symbols). Password managers are also excellent at helping you generate passwords for every account, making password and user ID storage easy and secure.
Turn on Multifactor Authentication (MFA)
In today's digital world, a password alone is no longer enough to protect yourself against cybercriminals. To reduce your chances of getting hacked, it is highly recommended that you enable multifactor authentication (MFA) on all your online accounts, particularly email, social media, and financial accounts that offer this feature. Consider using authentication apps or hardware tokens for added security.
Recognize & Report Phishing
Data breaches through emails, texts, and calls still occur despite enhanced security measures. To keep your personal information safe, it's critical to stay vigilant when receiving unsolicited messages or calls. Avoid sharing sensitive information or credentials through phone or email. Do not open attachments or click on links from unknown sources. To verify the authenticity of requests, always contact the organization or individual through a trusted channel.
To guarantee that your devices have the newest security patches and updates, it's critical to keep your software up to date. If automatic updates aren't possible, be sure to manually check for updates regularly. Keep your operating systems, antivirus software, web browsers, and applications current to help keep your devices secure.
Cybersecurity Awareness Training
You are our first line of defense when it comes to safeguarding your personal information and university resources. To stay cyber secure, take the Cybersecurity Awareness Training course. It provides you with the essential tools to keep your data secure. This year's Cybersecurity Awareness Training will be available October 16, 2023 through October 13, 2024.
Phish Alert Button
To ensure your safety online, it's important to be vigilant. If you receive a suspicious email or notice any suspicious activity, do not engage. Instead, click on the Phish Alert button from your FIU email.
Provide guidance and define responsibilities and procedures relating to the operational implementation of the University's information technology resources.
Storage devices must be erased using a repeated overwrite operation, purged, degaussed, or destroyed prior to storage media being sent to surplus, reused, donated, or discarded.
Implement University practices that abide and conform to the Federal Law involving the download, upload, or distribution of copyright protected digital material in any fashion.
Establish accountability and prudent and acceptable practices regarding the use and safeguarding of the university's information resources.