Information Technology Services IT Security Office
CYBER SECURITY AWARENESS 2016

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

In October, National Cyber Security Awareness Month is celebrated to encourage each individual to do all he or she can do to keep online experiences safe and secure.

The IT Security Office in Information Technology Services is having three programs in October in observance of National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Cyber Attacks on Computer Networks
On Wednesday, October 5, at 3:00 p.m., in Johnson Center Room F, Steve Meckl, the director of the Americas Incident Response Team for Symantec Corp., will speak about responding to Cyber Attacks on Computer Networks. In addition to working at Symantec, Meckl is pursuing his doctoral degree in Computer Science at Mason. He has a master's degree in Information Security and Assurance from Mason's Volgenau School of Engineering.

Computer Forensics
On Wednesday, October 19, at 3:00 p.m., in Johnson Center Room D, Bob Osgood, the director of Computer Forensics and Data Analytics at Mason, will speak. He is a former FBI agent who has handled high-profile spy cases, the crash of TWA 800 and the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. He also worked the first digital wiretap conducted by the FBI. He will talk about his experiences.

Questions Answered at the Johnson Center Kiosk
From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 25, and Wednesday, October26, the staff from the IT Security Office will at the Johnson Center Kiosk E to answer questions and provide information about how to stay safe and secure online.

All events are free and open to all in the Mason community. Please contact Karen L. Bates at 703-993-2906 with any questions.

Download the Cyber Security Awareness Month flyer.


CYBER SECURITY AWARENESS 2015

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

In October, National Cyber Security Awareness Month is celebrated to encourage each individual to do all he or she can do to keep online experiences safe and secure.

During the month, Information Technology Services' IT Security Office has planned four events to provide information about cyber security and safety. The information being provided during each session will explain how to protect sensitive information, what some of the risks are and how to avoid them and how failure to take necessary precautions when using the Internet can put you and the information of others at risk.

The first session for the month is at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 in Johnson Center Room 239A. The speaker is Brian Pallozzi from Symantec Corporation. Pallozzi will discuss how to defend your data. He will talk about the best practices when it comes to protecting and securing data, including sensitive information such as passwords and user names, from hackers.

At 2 p.m. on Oct. 14, 2015, in Johnson Center Room E, Thad Odderstol from the Department of Homeland Security will discuss Stop. Think. Connect. His presentation will focus on taking practical steps to making sure you are safe online by considering what you are doing before you connect to the internet, click on a link or provide information.

For the third session, Bhavesh Chauhan, a Security Solutions Engineer from Verizon, will come to talk about the 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report. Each year, Verizon complies a report that analyzes information about security incidents with a focus on data breaches. He will discuss the report and what it means for computer users. His presentation is at 2 p.m. Oct. 22, 2015 in the Johnson Center Bistro.

Our fourth session will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 in Johnson Center Room E, when Mason's new Chief Information Security Officer David Landry will discuss his goals and plans to help keep Mason's computer users safe. As one of Virginia's leading research institutions, Mason is often a target of hackers seeking information. Landry will discuss how each Patriot has a role in helping to keep hackers out and information safe.

All events are free and open to all in the Mason community.

If you have any questions, please contact Karen L. Bates at 703-993-2906.

Download the Cyber Security Awareness Month flyer.


CYBER SECURITY AWARENESS 2014

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

This national initiative promotes cyber security and raising awareness about staying safe online. In observance of NCSAM, the IT Security Office will be hosting seminars to provide you with valuable information about staying safe online.

Join us on Wednesdays, beginning Oct. 8, for four seminars that will provide tips and information on topics relevant to the Mason community.  Seminars are from 3 to 4 p.m. in Johnson Center Room E on the Fairfax Campus. Refreshments will be served.

This year's theme is Our Shared Responsibility. It is a reminder that each person has a role in securing his/her part of cyberspace, including the devices and networks he/she uses. The Internet is a shared resource and securing it is Our Shared Responsibility. It all begins with a simple call to action: STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

STOP: Before you use the Internet, take time to understand the risks and learn how to spot potential problems.

THINK: Take a moment to be certain the path ahead is clear. Watch for warning signs and consider how your actions online could impact your safety, or your family's.

CONNECT: Enjoy the Internet with greater confidence, knowing you've taken the right steps to safeguard yourself and your computer.

(2014, StaySafeOnline.org, the National Cyber Security Alliance)

2014 Cyber Security Awareness Month Presentations

October 2013 Information

Click for Information about October 2013 Cyber Security Awareness Month!

This October, the IT Security Office will be hosting 4 seminars during Cyber Security Awareness Month. The seminars will be held each week in October, with the exception of the last week, each on a different topic involving cyber security. 

Each seminar will be held from Noon to 1 p.m. with light refreshments provided at the Fairfax Campus. You are also encouraged to bring your lunch!

For more information, check out our flyer!

Seminars

10/01/2013   Navigating Your Computer                Steve Broaddus    JC, 3rd Floor, Room F

10/08/2013   Staying Safe on Your Mobile Device Steve Broaddus    JC, 3rd Floor, Room F

10/15/2013   Social Media                                   Sarah Morehouse Research Hall, 163

10/22/2013   Personal Responsibility Policy          Curtis McNay         Research Hall, 163

Registration is now available! Registration prior to all workshops is requested and strongly encouraged, though not required. You may register here by selecting IT Security in the "Offered By" menu and selecting the desired session.

Week #1: Navigating Your Computer

Week #2: Staying Safe on Your Mobile Device

Week #3: Social Media

Week #4: Computer Security and Personal Responsibility Policy

October 2012 Information

Click for Information about October 2012 Cyber Security Awareness Month!

In October 2012, the IT Security Office hosted four seminars during Cyber Security Awareness Month. The seminars were held every Thursday in October, each on a different topic. Please see the flyer, for more information on this year's Cyber Security Awareness Month!

Home Security Part I: Staying Safe Online at Home 

Home Security Part II: Securing Your PC

E-mail Security: Phishing and Scams

Social Networking and Cloud Services