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October: National Cyber Security Awareness Month

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As part of the College's Information Security Awareness Program, ITS is observing National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). The Awareness Program is intended to educate the campus community on information security topics to heighten awareness regarding information security and to reduce the risks of a security breach. NCSAM will help spread the word that information security is everyone's responsibility. The following is taken from the National Cyber Security Alliance website, StaySafeOnline.org

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We lead Web-based, digital lives. From personal computers, smartphones, and tablets, e-book readers, to working, shopping, and social networking, virtually every aspect of our lives touches the digital world. Even when we are not directly connected to the Internet, this vast worldwide connection of computers, data, and websites supports our everyday lives through financial transactions, transportation systems, healthcare records, emergency response systems, personal communications, and more.

This reliance increases as digital technology advances and high speed Internet access becomes more widespread. Yet, if we are to maximize the convenience, speed, and future potential of a digital society, we must protect the resource that makes it possible.
The Internet is a shared resource and securing it is Our Shared Responsibility, the theme for 2012 National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

No individual, business, or government entity is solely responsible for securing the Internet. Everyone has a role in securing their part of cyberspace, including the devices and networks they use. Individual actions have a collective impact and when we use the Internet safely we make it more secure for everyone. If each of us does our part—implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating young people, training employees—together we will be a more resilient and safer digital society.

Topic for the week of October 5: Computer Virus

A virus, more generally known as malware, is software that is designed to harm a computer/network and can copy itself to other computers/networks.  You come in contact with malware through the course of accessing the Internet from your computer. Malware can be installed on your computer without your approval or knowledge through deceptive links or from downloading something that sparks your interest such as attachments of funny images, greeting cards, or audio and video files. Once malware has been installed on your computer, cyber criminals try to access your personal information by tracking your keyboard keystrokes or logging your computer’s activity.  They can control your computer to send spam e-mail, automatically re-direct to view unwanted websites, or perform other actions without your knowledge. The result can simply be a brief annoyance, or something more devastating like identity theft.

Once a virus is on your computer, its type or the method it used to get there is not as important as removing it and preventing further infection.  If you suspect you have a computer virus, turn off your computer and call the ITS Helpdesk at (513) 569-1234.

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Cincinnati State's Information Security Awareness Program

Learn more about the College's Information Security Awareness Program so you can do your part to keep our systems and data safe.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

You can learn more about the NCSAM by following one of the links below.

StaySafeOnline.org glossary of terms

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

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