Welcome to National CyberSecurity Awareness Month! Cybersecurity Awareness Month was launched by the National Cyber Security Alliance & the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in October 2004. Now in its 17th year, Cybersecurity Awareness Month is back this October. The theme for 2020 is ‘Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart’, helping to empower individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace. This year we have many events planned from universities across the system on topics that include Zoom security, Cybergames, challenges to increase your cybersecurity knowledge, an IT-themed improv event hosted by comedy legends "Fishstix", and even a cybercrime movie! The keystone of the UC Merced NCSAM event will be our Women in Cybersecurity panel moderated by our very own AVC & CIO - Ann Kovalchick.
To register for this and other events, click on the "Campaigns" box in the sidebar, or you can click on the link below to go directly to our NSCAM event page!
OIT offers a broad range of services and tools to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the university’s information and technology resources. OIT provides services such as data protection and encryption, authentication systems, antivirus software, firewall management, network monitoring, and training on various cybersecurity topics.
Why Cybersecurity Matters
We are all digital citizens living, working, and communicating in an online environment. In a world where so many of our activities and interactions can take place online and in cyberspace, it is critical that we recognize our individual responsibility to be aware of security issues and educate ourselves on cyber security threats and defenses. We are all responsible for practicing and promoting cyber security.
Basic Cybersecurity Checklist
Basic steps you can take to start protecting yourself from cyber threats:
- Create and use strong, unique passwords
- Install anti-malware/anti-virus software on your computers and devices
- Update operating systems, anti-malware/anti-virus software, application software, and mobile apps
- Use screen locks & passcodes on your devices
- Back up your content
- Think before you click!