- October 10, 2013
- 12:57 pm
- Megan Troppito
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month
National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), conducted every October since 2004, is a national public awareness campaign to encourage everyone to protect their computers and our nation’s critical cyber infrastructure.
This program, now in its 10th year, is intended to engage students, faculty, and staff to raise awareness and educate all of us about cyber security. The program encourages all of us to “Stop, Think, Connect.” The overarching goal is to help us understand not only the risks that come with using the internet, but also the importance of practicing safe online behavior.
Cyber security requires vigilance 365 days per year. However, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), the primary drivers of NCSAM, coordinate to shed a brighter light in October on what home users, schools, businesses, and governments need to do in order to protect their computers, children, and data.
As part of our program, Inside Loyola will be publishing helpful tips on safer computing.
Cyber Security Awareness Tip #1 – “Be smart about passwords”
Always use strong passwords that are at least eight characters long and use a combination of lower and upper case letters, numbers, and symbols. Don’t use the same password repeatedly and make it a point to change your passwords frequently. If you have trouble remembering passwords, consider using a pass-phrase or a mnemonic. A pass-phrase might be something like “Go forth and set the world on fire!” For a mnemonic, you could take the first letter from the phrase such as “Gfastwof!”
To view all of the National Cyber Security Awareness Month tips, click here.
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