Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Happy National Computer Security Awareness Month!

NCSAM It's finally here! National Computer Security Awareness Month starts today and the entire KUMC campus is celebrating throughout the month of October with both online and face-to-face opportunities to learn more about how to keep you, your family, and your data safe and secure. Each day on this blog, we'll focus on a different risk or threat such as phishing, iPad and mobile device security, social media privacy, or keeping track of all those passwords.  It will be a learning experience, but it will be a fun one....we promise!

During the week of October 28th, we hope you'll bring your lunch and join us for all four of the following Lunch 'n Learn sessions from 12 to 1 p.m. 
(You can sign up now using the links below):

Monday, October 28th:  Got (Too Many) Passwords?
Description:  Passwords, passwords, passwords for your bank site, your personal and work email, Facebook, and on and on. How do you keep track of all of them? Bring your lunch and learn about a FREE and secure way to manage your passwords, including how to make sure they're always available when you need them.

Tuesday, October 29th:  Defend Yourself: Top 10 FREE Security Tools
Description:  A new computer taken out of the box and connected to the Internet is easily taken over by a hacker within minutes. If you've got a computer, you need to arm yourself with the right tools to fight this constant battle. Bring your lunch and learn about the FREE security tools that are a must-have for any PC owner.

Thursday, October 31st:  R U My Friend? Privacy and Social Media
Description: Social media sites like Facebook and Instragram are great for keeping track of friends and sharing your everyday life with those you love. But there's also a dark side to sharing your information on these types of sites. Bring your lunch and find out how companies and criminals use the information and photos that you share on these sites and what YOU can do to protect yourself on social media.

Friday, November 1st:   Mobile Revolution: Mobile Device and Cloud Security
Description: Smartphones, iPads, tablets and other mobile devices are literally changing the way we work and play. But do you know how to protect your shiny new device from hackers? And just what does it mean to store your data "in the cloud"? Bring your lunch and your questions as we discuss security issues related to mobile devices and storing data in the cloud.

The more you participate, the more chances you have to win one of the great prizes* to be raffled off on November 1st!  And, even if you can' t make one of the sessions, you can still enter the raffle by participating in the online treasure hunt starting October 28th.
 *Prizes to be announced later this month.

We hope you'll join us in the celebration!

UPDATE 10/24/13:  Prizes for this year have been announced and they look great.  Click here to find out details on what prizes are available and how you can enter to win. 

UPDATE 10/28/13: The online security scavenger hunt is now open.  Even if you can't find time to attend the Lunch 'n Learn sessions, completing the hunt will give you an entry into the prize drawing on Friday.  Good luck!

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