Cyber Security Awareness @ Western

By: Jeff Grieve

October 14, 2016

As participants in the information age, we are being constantly bombarded with headlines profiling new Cyber Security threats and privacy breaches.  Cyber Security is an important issue that needs to become top of mind for all members of our University community.    Western, like all Universities, is exposed on a daily basis to a relentless myriad of Cyber threats that are escalating in both frequency and sophistication.   In order for Western to properly protect its most important information assets, the University is undertaking a multi-pronged Cyber Security strategy approach involving sustained investment in IT Security technologies, IT security policy improvements, and ongoing Cyber Security education and awareness programming.

Community education and awareness is crucial to our success.   Western is a large University with a diverse and dynamic community of faculty, staff, and students.    In this event, we need to institute a culture where our campus community members recognize and embrace their roles in helping to protect each other and our University campus information systems from these threats.   This is one of the key themes underlying our branding of Western’s Cyber Security education campaign  #ProtectU.

In support of increasing Cyber Security Education and Awareness, Western is participating this month (October) in International Cyber Awareness Month.   A series of awareness activities are being scheduled for the week of October 17-21st across campus including Poster, Social media, and News campaigns, an information booth in the UCC, and a drop-in invitation at the ITS Help Desk.   This year’s campaign will be focusing on the following key message themes:

  • Don’t get Phished !!!   (know how to recognize a Phishing email and what to do with it)
  • Change your passwords regularly (it’s not hard to do and really frustrates the bad guys)  
  • >Watch out for ransomware (avoid high risk surfing and email behaviors)   

Look for further information and details across campus next week.    Be more cyber aware, protect yourself, and in the process also help us to protect Western!   #ProtectU


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