Security Awareness

The Office of Information Security (OIS) in the Office of Technology Services (OTS) provides Cybersecurity Awareness resources for Towson University.

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)

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. 

NCSAM Event highlight

2019 Virtual Cybersecurity Event

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: 

  • Presenter Debora Plunkett, former Director on the National Security Council at The White House and former Director of Information Assurance, National Security Agency and TU Board of Visitors member talked about how cybersecurity impacts everyone’s day-to-day activities.
  • Speaker Matt Olney, Manager at Cisco Talos, gave a special presentation on the how individuals and small organizations can have a global impact on security.
  • 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

  • TU's Director of Information Security, Mike Kaiser, hosted a NY Times Talk

Information Security Awareness Training at TU

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.

Available Training

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. 

How to request training

To request security training for your department, contact OIS at   


Understanding Cybersecurity 

Security lingo can be confusing. SANS provides a list of common security terms with basic definitions. Read the SANS OUCH! Monthly Newsletter and watch a new Awareness Video every month.

Password Security

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.


Learn how to recognize phishing, which is a cybercrime targeting your email. Forward suspicious emails received in your Towson University email inbox to

Security Checks

Visit 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.