October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

When’s the last time you disconnected from the internet? Like truly unplugged?

If it’s a bit difficult to remember a recent time when you went offline for a day or two, maybe even just a few hours, you’re not alone. Now more than ever, we live in a digital world. And while being constantly connected offers myriad opportunities to experience the world through a different lens, it also increases risks to our privacy and security.

The reality is, no one is immune to cyberthreats. But we can protect against them.

Whether at work or at home, it’s everyone’s responsibility to learn how to behave safely and responsibly online. When we do, we make the internet safer and more secure for us all. As part of the 2018 National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) campaign theme, “Our Shared Responsibility,” we'll be talking about the many threats to your online security and actions you can take to avoid them. We’ll also discuss the ways the University of Utah and University Information Technology (UIT) are preparing students and employees for careers in cybersecurity.

Week 1: The Basics of Information Security

October 1-6

As we become more active cybercitizens, we also need to protect our online presence. Follow these basic tips to stay safe online.


Week 2: U Policies on Network and Physical Security

October 7-13

Since the University of Utah maintains various shared networks, facilities, and devices, it’s extremely important that  students, faculty, and staff follow policies in place to protect U data and infrastructure, as well as their own.


Week 3: Education and Jobs in Cybersecurity at the U

October 14-20

As cybercrime and cyberthreats increase, so too does the demand for an educated workforce to combat them. In fact, as of March 2018, 301,000 cybersecurity jobs — including 2,115 in Utah — remained open across the United States, according to CyberSeek.org.

Week 4: Cybersecurity Training for U Employees

October 21-27

The Information Security Office recently launched a new training program designed for main campus employees (excludes U Health staff). The course can be accessed in the Bridge learning management system.

Last Updated: 10/1/18