The Office of Information Security (OIS) in the Office of Technology Services (OTS) provides Cybersecurity Awareness resources for Towson University.
Every October, TU's Office of Information Security in the Office of Technology Services joins the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cybersecurity Alliance to celebrate and promote National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). This month long awareness program is a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure that every American has the security resources they need to be safe online.
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) and this year's theme is Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.
OIS held a virtual cybersecurity event on Thursday, October 17, to provide TU students, faculty and staff with tips on protecting their identities. See the presentation: 2019 Webex: Tips to help protect your identity (PDF).
Highlights from our events include:
Speaker Daniel Gray, FBI Supervisory Special Agent: The Cyber Security Insider Threat-recognizing and combating cybercrime
Presenter James Crumpler '16, NSA employee performed computer security demonstrations
TU Professor Michael O’Leary, Ph.D. & the TU Computer Science students performed a live hack
The campus is our first line of defense against insider and outsider threats. Collectively forming our shield protects the University from malicious or unlawful use of our resources by external sources. Through the Office of Information Security, faculty, staff and student workers have access to online training in the SANS Securing the Human security awareness platform to help accomplish this.
Information Security General Awareness Training: this curriculum is designed to educate how to protect yourself and the university against cyberattacks during everyday activities. Training consists of viewing short security awareness videos, completing the accompanying activities, and viewing OTS policies and web pages.
Modules include: You are the Shield, Passwords, Encryption, Data Security, Personally Identifiable Information, Social Engineering, Email & Phishing, and Hacked.
To request security training for your department, contact OIS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cyber criminals have developed sophisticated programs to guess your passwords. To protect yourself, it is important to create a strong password that cannot be easily hacked. Refer to TU's password guidelines when creating a Towson University NetID or other online password.
Visit StaySafeOnline.org for free security check-ups and tools to check your devices for known viruses and spyware and see if your device is vulnerable to cyberattacks.