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UNF Cyber Security Awareness Month Activities

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and every year Information Technology Services participates in a series of activities throughout the month. Throughout the month ITS and Communications and Training have compiled a variety of resources and events to help you better understand cyber security and the simple steps you can take to protect yourself, your family and our organization. 



  • Personal Security Awareness:

    • Oct. 1 to Oct. 4

  • Loose Clicks Sink Ships; Be careful what you click:

    • Oct. 7 to Oct. 11

  • Password Managers:

    • Oct. 14 to Oct. 18

  • Keeping Secure with Two-Factor Authentication:

    • Oct. 21 to Oct. 25

  • Ongoing Security Awareness Overview;

    How is UNF protecting you today?

    • Oct. 28-31

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UNF ITS Security Team Webinar Workshop 
'How UNF is Protecting You Today'

 How is UNF Protecting You


Week Five: October 29-31  

Theme: Ongoing Security Awareness Overview; How is UNF protecting you today?

The final week of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month focuses on the new technologies the University is using to protect and keep you safe. The ITS Security team will highlight these features with a workshop webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 1:30 p.m. Attendees can register to participate online or in person in Building 53, Hicks Hall, Room 1420.


We hope you've enjoyed learning about security awareness this month, and that you've setup a password manager to securely store your new, unique, and randomized passwords. You've also joined the campus in using Duo two-factor login and are quickly getting used to the secure extra step. Moving forward, we would also like to point out the new "report phish" button in your Outlook client. If you receive a suspicious looking message, don't hesitate to report it there. You'll be helping to protect the rest of the campus in the process.


For your travels there is now a new VPN (Virtual Private Network) available to the campus community. The new FortiClient VPN allows faculty, staff, and active students to access protected UNF resources while off-campus or on restricted networks. It also secures your web browsing while traveling or using unprotected networks such as a coffee shop Wi-Fi networks. You can use it entirely in your browser window, or install a full client on to your computer or mobile device. Head to to get started using the new VPN today.


Tip of the Week: Public Wi-Fi is not secure or safe. It is very convenient, but anyone using the same Wi-Fi network could potentially see what you are doing on your laptop or smartphone while you are connected. If you must connect, use a virtual private network (VPN) or a personal/mobile hotspot. Learn more about using a VPN to protected UNF resources while off-campus or on restricted networks.

Week Four: October 21-25

Theme: Securing your Personal Information

Two-factor authentication is the focus for week four of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Two-factor authentication (2FA) adds a second layer of security, keeping your account secure even if your password is compromised. Two-factor authentication is important because passwords are increasingly easy to compromise. They are often stolen, guessed, or hacked — you might not even know when someone else is accessing your account. Two-factor authentication combines something you have like a phone or token with something you know --your password. Some services may send a one-time code to you via email or text message; others may call you to relay a code. More secure methods generate a code via a phone app, or hardware device. The most convenient are apps which simply ask for a confirmation on your phone without the need to enter a code
Starting Wednesday, Oct. 23, students, faculty/staff, alumni and parents will need to use two-factor authentication (powered by Duo) to verify their identity in order to access myWings and other UNF applications. If you haven't done so already, enroll with Duo.

Tip of the Week:Two-factor authentication combines something like a phone or token with something you know - your password. It protects against phishing and password brute-force attacks as well as secures logins from attackers exploiting weak or stolen credentials. Keep secure by using two-factor authentication on all your accounts such as social media, financial services and personal email.

Week Three: October 14-18 

Theme: Password Managers: Making Your Personal Security Easier

The focus for week three of National Cyber Security Awareness Month is password managers. They are one of the biggest improvements that you can make to your personal security while also making your life easier. Password managers assume the burden of remembering passwords for the dozens of websites and applications that we use at home, work and school.


No longer will your passwords all be variations such as JohnSmith1 or JohnFall2019, but a random string of text which is different for every site. If a web site is breached, like LinkedIn or LastFM have been, all of your other accounts will remain safe. Many password managers will integrate directly with your web browser and can auto-fill the username and password fields for you. All you need to remember is one strong password.

Some options to consider for personal use are LastPass, and BitWarden. For work, UNF uses a product called Password Manager Pro, or 'Passman'. Passman allows departments to easily store and share passwords. If you would like to know more about, please contact

Tip of the Week: Use different passwords for different accounts. That way, if one account is compromised, at least the others won’t be at risk.

Week Two: October 7-11

Theme: Loose Clicks Sink Ships: Always be on Guard

The focus for the second week of National Cyber Security Awareness Month is to always be on guard. When something doesn't seem right, don't click it. Emails may pretend to be from coworkers, managers or the president of the organization.


Tip of the Week: Only click links from trusted senders. If an email has a link you don’t recognize, take a closer look by hovering your mouse over and checking the destination in your browser. If it doesn’t match, it isn't legitimate. 


Week One: October 1-4

Theme: Personal Security Awareness

Tip of the Week: Whether you're a casual user or a hardened security expert, it's always good to keep up on the latest threats out in the wild west of the internet. UNF has partnered with a renowned security education firm, KnowBe4, to provide a quick and entertaining personal security awareness course to the campus community. We urge you to take it as the lessons learned may help save you all the stress and financial loss of credential theft or identify theft.


The video course, which can be found in myWings under "Employee Tools" or "Student Tools", uses real-life examples to show the dangers of the internet and what you need to do to stay safe. Each section has a live demonstration showing how the "bad guys" take advantage of unsuspecting users, and finishes up with a “security check” quiz at the end. 


Have fun, and remember to Stop, Look, and Think!