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ITS Safe Computing

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month!

Never mind the cold weather that is approaching… It’s time to commemorate National Cyber Security Awareness Month!

What is it?

Spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, and supported by major corporations and universities around the country, National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) kicks off again this October.  The month is about heightening public awareness of the importance of protecting information assets as well as implementing computer security programs.

How is U-M involved? How can I get involved?

Think you’re a security wizard? Or want to learn more about protecting your computer and your personal information?  Show off your security knowledge by taking the 2008 Computer Security Final Exam. Grand prizes include an iPod Touch, iPod Nano, and computer locks.  The first 300 students to take the exam will win $5 in Blue Bucks!  The exam goes live on the safecomputing.umich.edu website on October 27th, 2008.

Students, Faculty and Staff:
The annual SUMIT Symposium (Security @ the University of Michigan in IT) will take place this year during National Cyber Security Awareness Month on October 21st.  Promoting safe computing practices to members of the U-M community, SUMIT brings together national and U-M experts to provide practical information about current IT security threats and attack trends.

Who else is involved?

The EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Computer and Network Security Task Force promotes and participates in the annual campaign, joining forces with a range of organizations from the public and private sector to expand cybersecurity awareness on campuses across the country. The Security Task Force is offering a range of programs and resources. Among them are a National Cyber Security Awareness Month resource kit for colleges and universities, a cybersecurity video contest for students, and a cybersecurity awareness resource library. To see more resources, visit the EDUCAUSE Connect Security Awareness Resource Page.