October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Level up your cybersecurity logo described as a pixelated image of a blue laptop with red booster arrow pointing up next to Level UpEach week, we will share helpful tips and resources to level you up against the hackers — at work and at home: 

Remember cybersecurity is Our Shared Responsibility. Report any suspicious activity immediately to the IT Office of Information Security .

2022 Theme: Level up!

Hacker-man arcade posterWeek 1 - Recognizing and reporting phishing (October 3 - 7)
Hackers are hungry for your data! Be on the lookout for phishing attacks through email and text. If you drop your guard and take the bait, it's Game Over.
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Password and Shield arcade posterWeek 2 - Using strong passwords and a password manager (October 10 - 14)
A strong password means a strong defense! Never share your password and always keep it secure. If someone steals your password – change it right away!
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Zombie Workstation arcade posterWeek 3 - Updating software (October 17 - 21)
Unpatched and out-of-date devices? Easy for hackers to control! Update and patch devices as soon as those updates are available, and protect yourself from the working dead!
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Data Defender arcade posterWeek 4 - Enabling multi-factor authentication (October 24 - 28)
Defend your data with multi-factor authentication. If the hacker doesn’t have all your factors, like a key or a cell phone, they can’t break your defense and steal the data!
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Did you know?

Hackers scored big this year, setting new records for data breaches. So be careful or you could be next!

Hacker high scores:

  • Biggest data breach fine: $877,000,000
  • Most records exposed in a single breach: 3,000,000,000
  • Records exposed in one year: 36,000,000,000
  • Number of spam emails per dat: 22,430,000,000

We need you to help us keep TAMU-CC off the cybercriminals leaderboard. Learn how this month.

Distinguished Speaker Series

Review the weekly themes and speakers for October 2022.

Jesse TrucksWednesday, October 5, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Minister of Magic Jesse Trucks, Splunk

Scott SchwarzeThursday, October 6, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Senior Security & Compliance Technical Specialist Scott Schwarze, Microsoft US Education Team

Steven LupoThursday, October 13, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Special Agent Steven Lupo, FBI

George ReevesWednesday, October 19, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Cybersecurity Advisor George W. Reeves, Region VI, Southeast Texas & New Mexico, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Photo of Nate DyerThursday, October 20, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Nate Dyer, Tenable

Photo of LTC Robert A. DayTuesday, October 25, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
LTC Robert A. Day, Signal Corps, United States Army

Navy Lt Dustin ChapmanNavy Ensign Luke LoehrThursday, October 27, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
LT Dustin Chapman and ENS Luke Loehr, United States Navy

Photo of LT Christopher CrowderThursday, October 27, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
LT Christopher Crowder, Navy Hunt Team (NHT) Operations Officer, United States Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command (NCDOC)

Come to our information table!

Throughout the month of October, we will have an information table set up in the Breezeway in front of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library. Talk to us about how to protect yourself from cyber attacks.

Information table schedule

  • Monday, October 3, 2022, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday, October 11, 2022, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday, October 19, 2022, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Thursday, October 27, 2022, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Cybersecurity Costume Contest at Break in the Day

Get your game face on at the Staff Council's Break in the Day, on October 31, at the University Center. To celebrate cybersecurity awareness month, the participant with the best cybersecurity-themed costume will win a special prize from DoIT.

Shred those unwanted hard drives

Every Friday in October, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, you can bring your unwanted hard drives, diskettes, tapes, and other electronic media to be shredded by DoIT's drive shredder. Come by the Office of Information Security in Corpus Christi Hall, Room 203, to watch your unwanted media get pulverized.