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It's Easy to Stay Safe Online

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a global effort to help everyone stay safe and protected when using technology whenever and however you connect. The theme for the month is "It’s easy to stay safe online" and the University of Colorado is proud to be a Champion and support this online safety and education initiative again this year. 

Cybersecurity has become one of the biggest hot topics both inside and outside of technology circles over the last two years, from securing learning devices due to a rise in digital learning to coping with the fallout of high-profile breaches. Some people have a misperception that cybersecurity is beyond everyday people and that it should be left to professionals. Some people believe that breaches are simply a fact of life and that we should just learn to deal with them. But neither is true.

As everyday technology users, we have a crucial role to play in cybersecurity threat prevention, detection and remediation.  

Throughout October, CU will raise awareness of key best practices that we can implement today to enhance cybersecurity and create a more secure world for everyone.


Upcoming Webinar on Thursday at 12:00 PM! Cybersecurity Threat Prevention and Awareness Round Table

Hosted by CU Anschutz Medical Campus, Office of Security and Compliance

Date: Thursday, October 6, 2022 - Time 12:00 - 1:00 PM MT

Zoom webinar link: https://ucdenver.zoom.us/j/94938732977

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Panelists: Charlotte Russell, Assistant Vice Chancellor of the Office of Security and Compliance; David Capps, Associate Vice President and CU Chief Information Security Officer; and Information Security Officers from across the CU campuses: Sarah Braun, Boulder; Brad Judy, System Admin; Sean Clark, Anschutz/Denver; and Neil Kautzner, UCCS. Panelists will review top cyber threats, the current cybersecurity climate of the university, and then answer attendees’ questions. Everyone, across all campuses, is welcome to attend and ask questions.

Who should attend: faculty, staff, researchers, and students universitywide

Week 1: Recognize phishing, which is still among the primary threats from cybercriminals.

 

Phishing – when a cybercriminal poses as a legitimate party in hopes of getting individuals to engage with malicious content or links – remains one of the most popular tactics among cybercriminals today. However, while phishing has gotten more sophisticated, keeping an eye out for typos, poor graphics and other suspicious characteristics can be a telltale sign that the content is potentially coming from a phishing scam.

NEW! Cybercriminals Like to Phish - Don't Take the Bait

Phishing Scams FAQs

Video: Email and Phishing

Video: Phishing Emails in Real Life

Week 2: Know the classification and sensitivity of the CU information you manage and how to keep it safe.

 

Classifying or labeling CU information helps determine the security requirements necessary to keep it safe. Information classified as Highly Confidential and Confidential must be protected from compromise, such as unauthorized or accidental access, use, modification, destruction, or disclosure.

What type of information do you manage?

NEW! Classify and Comply: Understanding your data is the first step to protecting it

Week 3: Create strong, unique passwords and change them regularly.

 

Having unique, strong, and complex passwords is one of the best ways to immediately boost your cybersecurity. Cracking passwords is one of the go-to tactics that cybercriminals use to access value information. And, if you use the same password on multiple accounts, once a cybercriminal has compromised one of your accounts, they can easily do the same on other accounts.

Learn how to be an expert at creating strong passwords.

More information coming soon!

Week 4: Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) and learn why it's important.

Enabling multi-factor authentication (MFA) – which prompts you to input a second set of verifying information, such as a secure code sent to a mobile device – is a hugely effective measure that anyone can use to drastically reduce the chances of a cybersecurity incident.

Learn about MFA and why it’s important to both work and personal devices and accounts.

More information coming soon!

Attend cybersecurity webinars led by CU cybersecurity experts

Oct 6: Cybersecurity Threat Prevention and Awareness Round Table

Hosted by CU Anschutz Medical Campus, Office of Security and Compliance

Date: Thursday, October 6, 2022

Time 12:00 - 1:00 PM MT

Zoom webinar link: https://ucdenver.zoom.us/j/94938732977

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Panelists: Charlotte Russell, Assistant Vice Chancellor of the Office of Security and Compliance; David Capps, Associate Vice President and CU Chief Information Security Officer; and Information Security Officers from across the CU campuses: Sarah Braun, Boulder; Brad Judy, System Admin; Sean Clark, Anschutz/Denver; and Neil Kautzner, UCCS.

Who should attend: faculty, staff, researchers, and students universitywide

Panelists will review top cyber threats, the current cybersecurity climate of the university, and then answer attendees’ questions. Everyone, across all campuses, is welcome to attend and ask questions.

The webinar will be recorded and made available afterward on the Denver/Anschutz OIT and Office of Information Security websites.


Oct 12: Data Classification: What Information and Data Should You Safeguard?

Hosted by UCCS, Office of Information Technology

Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Time: 4:00-5:00 PM MT

Zoom Webinar link: https://uccs-edu.zoom.us/j/94449139515?pwd=ZEZkWEczMWtvRThOZzE1Z3RDS25BUT09

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Panelists: Neil Kautzner, Information Security Officer; Greg Williams, Director of OIT Operations; Deborah O’Connor, Director of Campus Compliance; and Gretchen Bliss, Director of Cybersecurity Programs

Who should attend: faculty, staff, researchers, and students universitywide

More and more, personal data is stored online. And, of course, anything online can be hacked, stolen, and leveraged to the rightful owner’s detriment. Unfortunately, that doesn’t just apply to your credit card information, but to your personal health data, financial information, and any data collected on you as you wander the internet, as well. All this information needs to be protected, and, the good news is, the Federal government has established standards for data protection for a variety of information classes. In healthcare, the standard is HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). In education, the standard is FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act). For online credit card use, the standard is PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard). And there are others such as GDPR, CCPA, and GLBA that protect your data when being marketed to and when storing financial data online. Certainly, some of these acronyms ring a bell, but what do they really mean?

All these standards have an impact on your role as a consumer, a student, and as a member of the CU community. We have compiled a diverse panel of speakers, including experts in policy, law and technology, to help you understand all aspects of these data protection and data classification standards. Join us to learn more about them, what they mean to you as consumers, and how they may impact your educational choices. Bring your questions!

The webinar will be recorded and made available afterward on the UCCS OIT and Office of Information Security websites.

Live on-campus: play Cybersecurity Plinko for prizes

Friday, October 14, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM, CU Boulder Student Recreation Center, 1835 Pleasant Street. The Office of Information Security joins the CU Boulder Police Department for "Coffee with a Cop." Join us for coffee, conversations, and games!
Thursday, October 20, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, UCCS University Center in Berger Hall, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Join OIT and the Cybersecurity Program for interactive learning opportunities about cybersecurity and how to stay safe online!