The University of Texas at Austin

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October 8, 2010

To remind students, faculty and staff to stay safe online, Information Technology Services (ITS) has launched the Cyber Security Awareness Month (CSAM) 2010 website.

As part of a joint effort with the Information Security Office (ISO), the website focuses on important topics such as phishing scams, safe social networking, strong passwords and protecting the information on your computer. Tips and actionable steps people can take to improve cyber security here at the University are readily available. Four cyber security images—Toughen Up, Lock Up, Surf’s Up, and Heads Up—highlight the need to be alert to cyber threats, and are available as digital downloads.

Everyone knows information security is important. The most recent incident summary from the ISO underscores why cybersecurity vigilance is vital:

  • September 2010 was the third highest month on record since 2001 for the number of security breaches associated with departmentally owned or managed systems, reflecting a 126% increase from September 2009.
  • 23% of all systems compromised on the campus wireless network were associated with University staff or faculty members.
  • The ISO received 412 alleged copyright violations in September 2010a 575% increase compared to the previous month and a 184% increase compared to September 2009.
  • There were 9 stolen laptop reports in September (2 student systems and 7 university owned systems--4 staff systems and 3 faculty systems). Two of the university owned systems contained sensitive university data, one of which required notification to impacted individuals

“Be safe out there” applies to cyberspace! Using the information and resources available on the CSAM 2010 website—and encouraging others to do so—can help keep you and others on campus safe online.

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