UNF Cyber Security Awareness Month Activities

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Information Technology Services will sponsor events that focus on several areas of online information security. Weekly themes include:

  • Cyber Security: Our Shared Responsibility: Oct. 6 to Oct. 10
  • Keeping Computer and Mobile Devices Safe: Oct. 13 to Oct. 17
  • Understanding Cyber Security Threats: Oct. 20 to Oct. 24
  • Understanding Cyber Security Trends: Oct. 27 to Oct. 31



Below are the activities that ITS will provide during the month of October to increase awareness and prevention of online security incidents at UNF.

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Week One: October 6-10 

Theme: Cyber Security: Our Shared Responsibility   


Tip of the Week: 

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Everyone should follow this simple way to stay safer online. STOP: B
efore 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. Consider how your actions online could impact your safety. CONNECT: Enjoy the Internet with greater confidence, knowing you’ve taken the right steps to safeguard yourself and your computer. Complete the Online Risk Calculator.  
For more information about the STOP, THINK, CONNECT campaign, click here 


Activities for the Week: Look for the Cyber Security Posters around campus. When you find one, tweet a picture of it to #UNFCyberSecurity. Complete the Online Risk Calculator (http://www.emc.com/fraudgame). 

Week Two: October 13-17 

Theme: Keeping Computer and Mobile Devices Safe 


Tip of the Week: Information about registering for the Oct. 16 webinar. 


Activity for the Week: The IT security team provided a webinar on Thursday, Oct. 16. It discussed how to protect the files on your USB drive and manage your passwords. The session recording can be  viewed here.




TrueCrypt is an on-the-fly encryption application that allows you to work with encrypted files as you would work on files located on a regular drive.  The encrypted files are protected by a passphrase that is configured during the setup process.  If the passphrase is lost or forgotten, there is no mechanism to recover the lost files. Click here for download and setup instructions. 

Week Three: October 20-24 

Theme: Understanding Cyber Security Threats  


The Jacksonville Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation will present a half day conference to raise awareness of current National Security threats that are often encountered by higher education institutions. The conference will take place on Friday, Oct. 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Adam W. Herbert University Center. The agenda may be viewed here

The deadline to register was Oct. 20. You will need to show your UNF ID at the door upon check-in on Oct. 24. 
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Tip of the Week: 

Protect Yourself Against the Personal/Financial Impact of Data Breaches
A data breach is an incident in which sensitive, protected or confidential data has potentially been viewed, stolen or used by an individual unauthorized to do so. In 2014, one source reports there have been 606 data breaches exposing 77,577,208 records. There are actions consumers can take to protect themselves from future heists of their information.

Below are ways to help protect yourself from the personal/financial impact of a data breach.

1. Beware of email scammers. After a data breach companies will often offer victims free credit monitoring services. But be wary, offers for credit monitoring or repair services from sources unrelated to the breach should be considered extremely suspect.
2. Keep the digits in your wallet. Don’t allow websites to store your credit card data on their servers. Websites with many customers’ payment card info are much more likely to be hacked than you are.
3. Sign it, don’t pin it. Credit cards almost always offer more consumer fraud protections than debit cards. Ask the cashier to process your transaction as a credit card or select “credit card” on the display.
4. Keep up with statements. Check your account statements regularly for any unfamiliar or unauthorized transactions and notify the bank immediately if you find one. In general, waiting to report fraudulent activity can lead to increased liability for the consumer.
5. Sweat the small stuff. Thieves will often charge smaller amounts to test if the card data is valid and then charge larger amounts later.
6. Check your credit report. Check your credit report for any errors. Errors are common and can be benign, but can also indicate a larger problem such as identity theft. Credit reports are available for free, from each of the three national credit reporting agencies — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion — every 12 months from AnnualCreditReport.com.
7. Place a fraud alert on your credit reports. If you’re concerned that your identity may be stolen, you can request a free fraud alert be placed on your credit records. This will alert credit grantors to more carefully validate new credit applications in your name. To request fraud alerts, you can contact any of the three credit reporting agencies — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. While a fraud alert will not stop the opening of new credit accounts, it will make the process a bit more secure. Also, fraud alerts do expire, so you will need to follow up to ensure continuous coverage.
8. Proper Disposal. Shred paper documents that contain your personal information. Erase mobile devices before disposing or giving them to someone else. Remove the hard drive from your computer and drill several holes through it or use a reputable disk-erasure utility before disposal. There are numerous free tools to erase disks available on the internet
9. Go old school --Use cash. The safest way to avoid having your credit card data stolen is not to use a card at all. Even if security gets stronger at stores, hackers will figure out a way around it. You do remember carrying cash, right?

Information about responding to or dealing with a data breach: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/data-breaches-credit-freezes-and-identity-theft-oh-my  

List of Data Breaches in chronological order: https://www.privacyrights.org/data-breach

Week Four: October 27-31  

Theme: Understanding Cyber Security Trends 


Tip of the Week: Register for the State of Cyber Security and Trends Webinar.   

Activity of the Week: The IT security team provided a Trends Webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 29.  Participants learned about the state of cyber security both at UNF and in our nation and joined the discussion on cyber security tends. The webinar was free, but registration was required. The session recording can be viewed here,