Security Awareness

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

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

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). The 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. 

This year, the National Cybersecurity Alliance provides these resources to help you #BeCyberSmart:

Cybersecurity Awareness Training

Full-time TU faculty and staff will be receiving an Information Security Awareness Training email from OTS' Office of Information Security.

What to expect 

  • Starting October 3, 2022, an email containing the training will be sent from  with the subject line “Required Information Security Awareness Training. 
  • Full-time TU faculty and staff are expected to complete the training upon receipt of the email, which should take less than 30 minutes. 
  • KnowBe4is the online platform used by OIS to present the training.  

Why is the training used?
There has been a significant increase in phishing attempts against the campus. Information Security Awareness Training is designed to educate you on how to protect yourself, your family and the university from malicious or unlawful use of our resources by external sources, like cybercriminals.   

This October training supports TU’s participation in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, which is an annual global effort to educate people on protecting themselves online.

If you have questions or technical issues such as logging in or completing the activities, please submit a TechHelp service request. 

Past TU Cybersecurity events

Highlights include: 

  • Virtual Cybersecurity Events: webinars, followed by live Q&A sessions with TU's Security Operations Team. 2019: Tips to help protect your identity (PDF)2020: How to Identify and Protect Yourself from Online Scams (PDF).
  • 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.

Security Awareness Resources

How to Request Group Training

To request security awareness training for your department or group, contact OIS at

Password Security

Cybercriminals 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

Use these resources and tips from the National Cybersecurity Alliance to better secure your online accounts and digital devices and keep your data safe.

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